Human desires and fears in ecologically rational wildland fire management
Document Type: Conference Proceedings
Author(s): Terry C. Daniel; Michael J. Meitner; Edward Weidemann
Editor(s): Peter F. Ffolliott; Leonard F. DeBano; Malchus B. Baker Jr.; Gerald J. Gottfried; Gilberto Solis-Garza; Carleton B. Edminster; Daniel G. Neary; Larry S. Allen; Robert H. Hamre
Publication Year: 1996

Cataloging Information

  • aesthetics
  • fire management
  • public attitudes
  • public perceptions
  • visualization
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Record Last Modified: August 8, 2017
FRAMES Record Number: 14237


While natural areas are generally perceived as desirable havens by city dwellers, the potential danger of fire is not always fully appreciated. People may correctly perceive the risk, but are unwilling to compromise their version of natural and aesthetically pleasing surroundings because environmental fears and desires are based largely on emotions rather than logic. Computer 'visualization' technology may be more effective than words in motivating realistic response to fire danger in the wildland-urban interface.

Online Link(s):
Daniel, Terry C.; Meitner, Michael J.; Weidemann, Edward. 1996. Human desires and fears in ecologically rational wildland fire management. Pages 37-42 In: Ffolliott, Peter F.; DeBano, Leonard F.; Baker, Malchus B.; Gottfried, Gerald J.; Solis-Garza, Gilberto; Edminster, Carleton B.; Neary, Daniel G.; Allen, Larry S.; Hamre, R. H. (technical coordinators). Effects of fire on Madrean Province ecosystems: a symposium proceedings. General Technical Report RM-GTR-289. Fort Collins, CO: USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station.