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Characteristics people consider when evaluating forest landscape attractiveness: fuel management implicationsAuthor(s): Melinda Merrick; Joanne Vining
Source: In: McCaffrey, S.M., tech. ed. The public and wildland fire management: social science findings for managers. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-1. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 63-75.
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DescriptionIn this study, we were able to gain a better understanding of which elements people observe when they are making decisions about the relative attractiveness of a forest. Of primary consideration to participants were the specific characteristics of the vegetation, especially forest health, and the experiential potential for the forest scenes. Participants fairly often considered human/environment interactions and understory characteristics. By understanding these elements, forest managers can consider the importance of people?s perceptions of forest attractiveness when implementing strategies for fuel management. The identification of elements people consider important in forested environments can lead to a more productive relationship between forest managers and the general public.
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CitationMerrick, Melinda; Vining, Joanne. 2006. Characteristics people consider when evaluating forest landscape attractiveness: fuel management implications. In: McCaffrey, S.M., tech. ed. The public and wildland fire management: social science findings for managers. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-1. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 63-75.
Keywordscommunication, fuels treatments, defensible space, wildfire management, social acceptance, education, wildland urban interface
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