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Category: Sociopolitical Research

Title: Fire in the Forest: Public Perceptions of Ecological Restoration in North-central Arizona

Author: Ostergren, D.M. , * Abrams, J.B. , * Lowe, K.

Subject: Communities and fire, Ecological Restoration, Ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa)

Abstract: In recent years residents of the intermontane West have experienced a series of expensive and high-profile fire seasons. One result is that the concept of ecological restoration has moved squarely into public view. As scientists and practitioners continue to refine the definition of ecological restoration as a practical matter, citizens are forming their own perceptions of how restoration should be applied to local forests. We used a recent public opinion survey in north-central Arizona to assess public views of restoration. Our findings indicate broad support for restoration although portions of the population, particularly those in rural areas, see restoration primarily as a means to protect human lives and property from fire. Most importantly, our findings suggest that a majority of the public in this region have a view of restoration beyond fire risk reduction, but vary in their willingness to accept dramatic changes to forest conditions.

Date: 2008

Type: Journal

Source: Ecological Restoration

Identifier: 26(1):51-60

Publisher: Ecological Society of America

Format: PDF

Language: English