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Wildland fire and fuel management: principles for effective communication

Author(s):

Eric Toman
Bruce Shindler

Year:

2006

Publication type:

Other

Primary Station(s):

Northern Research Station

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: 111-123.

Description

In this paper we discuss four principles identified through recent research for effective citizen-agency communication and examine their use in accomplishing fire management objectives. Principles include the following: (1) effective communication is a product of effective planning; (2) both unidirectional (one-way) and interactive approaches are part of successful outreach programs; (3) communication activities that focus on local conditions and concerns can decrease citizen uncertainty and build their capacity to participate in solutions; (4) a comprehensive communication strategy will emphasize meaningful interaction among participants and build trust along the way. Ultimately, a long-term commitment to outreach and education will yield positive outcomes for resource professionals and citizen stakeholders.

Citation

Toman, Eric; Shindler, Bruce. 2006. Wildland fire and fuel management: principles for effective communication. 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: 111-123.

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