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Feb 27 2013 | 1:00 - 2:00pm MST

Webinars, Seminars and Presentations


Brenna MacDowell

Webinar is presented by Sarah McCaffrey, USFS Northern Research Station.

As more people live in high fire hazard areas, the active involvement of the public will be central to many efforts to minimize fire risk and improve forest health. One barrier to effectively engaging the public may be that many of the accepted descriptions related to the public and wildfire are based primarily on conventional wisdoms that may or may not hold. Developing an accurate understanding of public views of fire and forest management will be important in designing policy and outreach that effectively engages the public and ensures that limited resources are most effectively targeted at the issues that are of actual rather than perceived public concern. This presentation will present findings from recent research on social issues of fire management with particular emphasis on the accuracy of various accepted truths about the public and fire management and the variables that actually are associated with approval of different fire management practices.

Hosted by the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center (, the Joint Fire Science Program (, and the International Association of Wildland Fire (