Hazardous fuel reduction in the Blue Mountains: public attitudes and opinions
Document Type: Conference Proceedings
Author(s): Eric L. Toman; Bruce A. Shindler
Editor(s): Philip N. Omi; Linda A. Joyce
Publication Year: 2003

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  • Blue Mountains
  • fuel reduction
  • public attitudes
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Record Last Modified: April 10, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 13207


Resource managers in the Blue Mountains region of eastern Oregon and Washington are utilizing prescribed fire and mechanized thinning treatments to reduce hazardous fuel loads and restore forest health. This paper uses panel data from a mail survey administered to the same individuals in 1996 and 2000 to measure change in public attitudes and opinions about fire management programs. Respondents are knowledgeable about, and supportive of, prescribed fire and thinning practices; prefer interactive over uni-directional education programs; and desire a role in management decision-making. While findings were generally similar throughout the study period, significant changes suggest a declining relationship between the Forest Service and Blue Mountains residents.

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Toman, Eric; Shindler, Bruce. 2003. From analysis paralysis to agency-community collaboration in fuels reduction for fire restoration: a success story. Pages 241-254. In: Omi, Philip N.; Joyce, Linda A. (technical editors). Fire, Fuel Treatments, and Ecological Restoration: Conference Proceedings: 16-18 April 2002: Fort Collins, Colorado. Proceedings RMRS-P-29. Fort Collins, CO: USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station.