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Communicating with homeowners in the interface about defensible spaceAuthor(s): Martha C. Monroe; Michelle Payton
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: 99-109.
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DescriptionAlthough resource managers encourage residents to create defensible space, many report that homeowners still live in risky landscapes. This study explores the perceptions and attitudes of Minnesota and Florida interface homeowners toward their local landscape. By using in-depth interviews, we gained a better understanding of landscape values, preferences, and activities related to defensible space, vegetation management, and willingness to reduce wildfire risk. We believe that emphasizing relevant values (wildlife, naturalness, privacy, and recreation opportunities); acknowledging the complexity of wildfire; and suggesting a number of benefits to creating defensible space could be helpful communication techniques to motivate residents. It is crucial that managers listen to residents to understand what they care about, what information is missing in their perception of the risk, and what type of support will best encourage change.
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CitationMonroe, Martha C.; Nelson, Kristen C.; Payton, Michelle. 2006. Communicating with homeowners in the interface about defensible space. 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: 99-109.
Keywordscommunication, fuels treatments, defensible space, wildfire management, social acceptance, education, wildland urban interface
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