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Mapping the Relationship Between Wildfire and PovertyAuthor(s): Kathy Lynn; Wendy Gerlitz
Source: In: Andrews, Patricia L.; Butler, Bret W., comps. 2006. Fuels Management-How to Measure Success: Conference Proceedings. 28-30 March 2006; Portland, OR. Proceedings RMRS-P-41. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 401-415
Publication Series: Proceedings (P)
Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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DescriptionWildfires and related government roles and responsibilities for federal wildland management are prominent in our national consciousness because of the increased severity in the last decade of fires on and around public lands. In recent years, laws, strategies, and implementation documents have been issued to direct federal efforts for wildfire prevention, firefighting, and recovery. Reliable national-level information and monitoring are essential to ensure good decision-making and agency accountability. Social and economic information about communities at risk from wildfire is critical to these decisions. Despite the indispensable nature of this information for understanding communities, wildfire risk, and cooperative efforts, there is a void in policy direction within the federal agencies to collect, understand, and use social and economic information in wildfire management programs. This study addresses community capacity and examines socioeconomic indicators as elements of wildfire risk. The study investigates whether communities most at risk from wildfire are able to access and benefit from federal programs established to serve these communities. In other words, are the dollars, assistance, and fuels-reduction projects hitting the ground in the areas throughout the country that are most at risk to wildfire? This presentation will provide a forum to discuss the needs of rural and underserved communities in relationship to fire and fuels management programs.
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CitationLynn, Kathy; Gerlitz, Wendy. 2006. Mapping the Relationship Between Wildfire and Poverty. In: Andrews, Patricia L.; Butler, Bret W., comps. 2006. Fuels Management-How to Measure Success: Conference Proceedings. 28-30 March 2006; Portland, OR. Proceedings RMRS-P-41. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 401-415
Keywordsfire, fire ecology, fuels management, wildland management, wildfire risk
- Advancing effects analysis for integrated, large-scale wildfire risk assessment
- Integrated national-scale assessment of wildfire risk to human and ecological values
- Barriers to implementation of risk management for federal wildland fire management agencies in the United States
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