This collection contains research syntheses and guidelines for measuring and managing the social acceptability of fire, smoke, fire effects, and fire management actions.
A Social Science Annotated Bibliography on Prescribed Fire (PDF)
This bibliography helps fire planners and managers access the social science literature on the sociological aspects of fuels management. Each report is summarized with application to fire management. The collection is organized into 13 sections covering different social science applications to prescribed fire to make browsing more effective.
Considering Social Acceptability of Fuels Treatments - Fact Sheet (PDF)
"When making decisions about fuels treatments, forest managers need to assess not only the biological impacts of a treatment, but the social impacts as well. How will local residents react to certain treatments? Are some treatments more likely to gain local support than others?" (The authors) The fact sheet describes 'social acceptability' and the key questions to answer when assessing the social acceptability of proposed fuels treatments.
Issues Affecting Social Acceptability of Fuels Treatments - Fact Sheet (PDF)
"So many decisions can impact the public's opinions and acceptance of various fuels treatments. But fuels management and public perceptions can be a two-way street: The public's perceptions and values can inform fuels management decisions; and information about fuels management can positively affect the public's preferences and attitudes." (The authors) The fact sheet briefly describes several practices that will affect social acceptability of a fuels management project.
Social Acceptability of Fuels Treatments Research Synthesis (PDF)
"When making decisions about fuels treatments, managers assess the biophysical impacts expected from the treatment. In planning and other decision processes, managers must also evaluate the treatment's social impacts. One general measure of social impacts is social acceptability. Social acceptability is based on value judgments by people, their notions of 'goodness/betterness.' In this document we synthesize research relevant to evaluating the social acceptability of fuels treatments in the dry forests of the inland West." (The authors)
Stakeholder Analysis Methodologies Resource Book (PDF)
"Stakeholder analysis is a process that allows analysts to identify how parties are likely to be affected by government projects and programs, referred to as "proposed actions." The process involves identifying the likely impacts of a proposed action and the affected stakeholder groups. In addition, analysts assess how the stakeholder groups are likely to be affected by a proposed action and suggest measures to mitigate any adverse impacts. Evidence suggests that the efficiency and effectiveness of government actions can be increased and adverse social impacts mitigated when officials understand how stakeholder groups are likely to be affected by a proposed action. A small investment of time and money in a stakeholder analysis in the early stages of a decision-making process is likely to reduce the probability that program managers will confront unexpected long-term investment demands because the proposed action has been obstructed by negatively affected stakeholder groups." (The authors)
Understanding the Social Acceptability of Natural Resource Decision Making (PDF)
"Our research examines the potential of using a knowledge base framework as a tool to organize our understanding of social acceptability of natural resource decisionmaking processes." (The authors)