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The economic benefits of wildfire prevention education




Publication type:

Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Primary Station(s):

Southern Research Station


USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station Fact Sheet


While there are many activities that can limit damages from wildfires, such as firefighting efforts and prescribed burning, wildfire prevention education programs can be particularly beneficial. This was confirmed through a study conducted by the Southern Research Station and the National Institute of Standards and Technology that demonstrated that wildfire prevention education pays for itself many times over in the state of Florida. Wildfire prevention education aims to teach the public about the dangers of accidentally igniting fires, with the expectation that these activities will lead to fewer wildfires.


Hermansen-Baez, L.A.; Prestemon, J.P.; Butry, D.T.; Abt, K.L.; Sutphen, R. 2011. The economic benefits of wildfire prevention education. USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station Fact Sheet: 2 pages.

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