Examining social trust in fuels management strategies
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Gregory J. Winter; Christine A. Vogt; Sarah M. McCaffrey
Publication Year: 2004

Cataloging Information

  • aesthetics
  • coniferous forests
  • education
  • fire damage
  • fire frequency
  • fire hazard reduction
  • fire management
  • fire management planning
  • fire suppression
  • forest management
  • forest products
  • fuel management
  • fuel treatment
  • HFI - Healthy Forests Initiative
  • homeowners
  • natural resource legislation
  • pine forests
  • Pinus banksiana
  • private lands
  • public acceptance
  • public information
  • public opinion
  • SFP - Southern Fire Portal
  • site treatments
  • social trust
  • survey
  • wildfires
  • wildlife habitat management
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 20686
Tall Timbers Record Number: 17638
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Journals-J
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

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Surveys of homeowners in three different ecosystems with varying fuels management approaches reveal that homeowners' trust in natural resource agencies is significantly associated with perceived risks and benefits and with perceived agency competence. A weaker association between forest value orientation and agency trust is evident. Focus group interviews provide further contextual support that the characteristics of competence, care, and credibility associated with an agency are influential in shaping trust. The correlation between trust and acceptance of each fuels management strategy at each of the study sites suggests that trust-building and trust maintenance should be key goals of agency-citizen interactions.

Online Link(s):
Winter, Gregory J.; Vogt, Christine A.; McCaffrey, Sarah M. 2004. Examining social trust in fuels management strategies. Journal of Forestry 102(6):8-15.