Prescribed fire: the influence of site visits on citizen attitudes
Document Type: Journal
Author(s): Eric L. Toman ; Bruce A. Shindler ; Michelle Reed
Publication Year: 2004

Cataloging Information

  • attitudes
  • evaluation
  • fuel reduction
  • public opinion
  • survey
  • Unknown
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Record Last Modified: February 9, 2016
FRAMES Record Number: 8277


This research employed a panel design to measure the effect of site visits on public perceptions of prescribed fire. On-site survey questions were devised to compare answers to a mail questionnaire previously completed by the same respondents. Questions were designed to examine how site visits influence public opinion and affect acceptance of forest practices. Open-ended questions were also used to capture initial reactions to the treated sites and allow individuals to identify site factors of greatest concern to them. Although site visits did not increase treatment acceptability ratings, responses indicate that remaining fuel levels and evidence of treatments are important factors influencing treatment support. Additional benefits of site visits are described.

Online Link(s):
Toman, Eric; Shindler, Bruce A.; Reed, Michelle. 2004. Prescribed fire: the influence of site visits on citizen attitudes. The Journal of Environmental Education 35(3):13-33.