Skip to Main Content
Community wildfire protection planning in the American West: homogeneity within diversity?Author(s): Jesse Abrams; Max Nielsen-Pincus; Travis Paveglio; Cassandra Moseley
Source: Journal of Environmental Planning and Management
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Pacific Northwest Research Station
Download Publication (336.0 KB)
DescriptionAs large wildfires have become common across the American West, federal policies such as the Healthy Forests Restoration Act have empowered local communities to plan for their own wildfire protection. Here, we present an analysis of 113 community wildfire protection plans from 10 western states where large fires have recently occurred. These plans contain wide diversity in terms of specific plan elements and dimensions, yet less diversity in the paradigms underlying their fire protection approaches. These patterns held true across both plans constructed solely by local actors as well as those constructed with the help of outside consultant expertise.
- Visit PNW's Publication Request Page to request a hard copy of this publication.
CitationAbrams, Jesse; Nielsen-Pincus, Max; Paveglio, Travis; Moseley, Cassandra. 2016. Community wildfire protection planning in the American West: homogeneity within diversity? Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. 59(3): 557-572.
Keywordswildfire, collaborative planning, devolved governance, consultants, community planning
- Best management practices for creating a community wildfire protection plan
- Land-use planning may reduce fire damage in the urban-wildland intermix
- Community Wildfire Protection Planning: The Importance of Framing, Scale, and Building Sustainable Capacity
XML: View XML