Recreation and fire management: public concerns, attitudes, and perceptions
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Jonathan G. Taylor; Hanna J. Cortner; Philip D. Gardner; Terry C. Daniel; Malcolm J. Zwolinski; Edwin H. Carpenter
Publication Year: 1986

Cataloging Information

  • aesthetics
  • air quality
  • catastrophic fires
  • education
  • fire injuries (animals)
  • fire injuries (plants)
  • fire management
  • fire suppression
  • forest management
  • grazing
  • human caused fires
  • lightning caused fires
  • livestock
  • low intensity burns
  • multiple resource management
  • national forests
  • natural resource legislation
  • pollution
  • public information
  • recreation
  • runoff
  • soil erosion
  • trees
  • wildlife food plants
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Record Last Modified: February 5, 2019
FRAMES Record Number: 26784
Tall Timbers Record Number: 527
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Fire File
TTRS Abstract Status: Fair use, Okay, Reproduced by permission

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Data from three separate but related surveys address the linkages between recreation and public perception of attitudes toward fire management. Recreation ranks high among alternative forest resource uses and is a serious concern vis-a-vis fire effects. Public acceptance of new fire-management policies may be greater and more sophisticated than commonly thought. Public knowledge of fire effects and tolerance of light-intensity fires can be increased through use of educational materials. However, there is some evidence that increases in knowledge and tolerance may not affect perceptual judgments of recreational acceptability or scenic beauty. Some recreational activities, particularly camping, show considerable sensitivity to fire effects. New fire-management policies and educational programs will need to account for increasing sophistication in the public's understanding and tolerance of fire, as well as for different impacts that fire may have on various outdoor recreation activities.

Taylor, J. G., H. J. Cortner, P. D. Gardner, T. C. Daniel, M. J. Zwolinski, and E. H. Carpenter. 1986. Recreation and fire management: public concerns, attitudes, and perceptions. Leisure Sciences, v. 8, no. 2, p. 167-187.