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Mapping tradeoffs in values at risk at the interface between wilderness and non-wilderness landsAuthor(s): Alan Watson; Roian Matt; Tim Waters; Kari Gunderson; Steve Carver; Brett Davis
Source: In: Gonzalez-Caban, Armando, tech. coord. Proceedings of the Third International Symposium on Fire Economics, Planning, and Policy: Common Problems and Approaches. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-227 (English). Albany, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station. p. 375-387.
Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
Station: Pacific Southwest Research Station
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DescriptionOn the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana, U.S., the Mission Mountains Tribal Wilderness is bordered by a buffer zone. To successfully improve forest health within that buffer zone and restore fire in the wilderness, the managing agency and the public need to work together to find solutions to increasingly threatening fuel buildups. A combination of qualitative, culturally sensitive research and a web-based mapping exercise have been used to develop understanding of the tradeoffs Reservation residents describe in relation to potential buffer zone actions. The primary meanings Tribal members associate with the Buffer Zone are protection of the wilderness, wildlife and water quality, access and functional attachments, recreation and scenic values, and personal and cultural meanings. To build trust among both tribal and non-tribal residents, fire planners must understand how proposed actions interact with values at risk assigned by the local community and describe a prioritization process that addresses publicly perceived threats.
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CitationWatson, Alan; Matt, Roian; Waters, Tim; Gunderson, Kari; Carver, Steve; Davis, Brett. 2009. Mapping tradeoffs in values at risk at the interface between wilderness and non-wilderness lands. In: Gonzalez-Caban, Armando, tech. coord. Proceedings of the Third International Symposium on Fire Economics, Planning, and Policy: Common Problems and Approaches. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-227 (English). Albany, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station. p. 375-387.
Keywordsbuffer zone, cultural landscapes, fuel treatment, geographic information systems
- Traditional wisdom: Protecting relationships with wilderness as a cultural landscape
- Understanding place meanings for wilderness: Personal and community values at risk
- Developing indicators to monitor the "outstanding opportunities" quality of wilderness character
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