US wildfire governance as social-ecological problem
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): T. Steelman
Publication Year: 2016

Cataloging Information

  • anticipatory governance
  • climate change
  • environmental governance
  • global wildland fire
  • institutions
  • policy
  • scale
  • social-ecological system
  • wildfire
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
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Tall Timbers Record Number: 33485
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TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use

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There are fundamental spatial and temporal disconnects between the specific policies that have been crafted to address our wildfire challenges. The biophysical changes in fuels, wildfire behavior, and climate have created a new set of conditions for which our wildfire governance system is poorly suited to address. To address these challenges, a reorientation of goals is needed to focus on creating an anticipatory wildfire governance system focused on social and ecological resilience. Key characteristics of this system could include the following: (1) not taking historical patterns as givens; (2) identifying future social and ecological thresholds of concern; (3) embracing diversity/heterogeneity as principles in ecological and social responses; and (4) incorporating learning among different scales of actors to create a scaffolded learning system. © 2016 by the author. Published here under license by the Resilience Alliance.

Online Link(s):
Steelman, T. 2016. US wildfire governance as social-ecological problem. Ecology and Society, v. 21, no. 4, p. 3. 10.5751/ES-08681-210403.