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Paveglio TB, Carroll MS, Stasiewicz AM, Edgeley CM. Int. J. Disaster Risk Reduct. 2019; 33: 131-141.


(Copyright © 2019, Elsevier Publishing)






One overarching goal of United States fire management focuses on fostering human populations who can "adapt" to wildfire as an un- avoidable, reoccurring process operating in the landscapes where they live. The goal of creating "fire adapted communities" is generally taken to mean that human populations can effectively prepare for, respond to and recover from wildfire events by reducing significant losses to important values, minimizing the need for suppression resources, and al- lowing fire to play a natural role in wildland ecosystems. Yet adaptation in any given place is not just a product of potential future action surrounding wildfire or natural resource management. Research or practice also demonstrate how the legacy and ongoing functioning of human actors living in fire prone lands--including settlement patterns, agreement about landscape management practices, and coordination of suppression activities--can all influence the underlying conditions (e.g. fuel type, continuity, invasive species) dictating how fire operates across landscapes. All of this implies a need to better understand how the interactions between the variety of landowners, officials, and land managers operating in many landscapes can influ- ence the structure of "communities" and their collective ability to "adapt" to wildfire at larger, ecosystem-level scales. The research presented here engages the interplay between social processes and landscape-level fire management by focusing on the ways that the diversity of landowners or land managers interacting in landscapes may influence broader fire management goals and approaches.

Cross-cutting lessons from existing research indicate that managing wildfire in social-ecological systems will require action at multiple scales of human society (e.g. local community, county government, federal agencies, etc.)...

Language: en


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