Skip to Main Content
Public perspectives of fire, fuels, and the Forest Service in the Great Lakes Region: a survey of citizen-agency communication and trustAuthor(s): Bruce A. Shindler; Eric Toman; Sarah M. McCaffrey
Source: International Journal of Wildland Fire. 18: 157-164.
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Northern Research Station
View PDF (177.49 KB)
DescriptionRelative to the western United States, where fire and fuel management programs have received greater emphasis, few community-based studies have focused on the Great Lakes region. The present paper describes public opinion research from counties surrounding National Forests inWisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan. Survey data address citizen perspectives on (1) fuel reduction practices and related risks, (2) confidence in the US Forest Service to effectively implement treatments, and (3) interactions between the agency and forest communities. Substantial support for prescribed fire and thinning treatments is evident, with few participants believing these practices should not be considered or are unnecessary. However, ratings of agency actions were weak at all three study sites; in particular, there is some skepticism that managers can safely implement prescribed fire programs. Overall, Minnesota residents had fewer concerns whereas Michigan respondents were more cautious. These results are discussed and compared with findings from the western US.
- Check the Northern Research Station web site to request a printed copy of this publication.
- Our on-line publications are scanned and captured using Adobe Acrobat.
- During the capture process some typographical errors may occur.
CitationShindler, Bruce A.; Toman, Eric; McCaffrey, Sarah M. 2009. Public perspectives of fire, fuels, and the Forest Service in the Great Lakes Region: a survey of citizen-agency communication and trust. International Journal of Wildland Fire. 18: 157-164.
Keywordscitizen-agency interactions, fire risk, fuels reduction, public confidence, social acceptance
- Public acceptance of wildland fire and fuel management: Panel responses in seven locations
- Accelerated restoration: new landscape tools to prioritize projects and analyze tradeoffs
- Modeling the effects of environmental disturbance on wildlife communities: Avian responses to prescribed fire
XML: View XML