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Pacific Southwest Research Station
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Wildland Recreation and Urban Cultures
The Wildland Recreation and Urban Cultures is located at the Forest Fire Laboratory in Riverside, California and is a research unit of the Pacific Southwest Research Station, headquartered in Albany, California. The unit and research station are part of the Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The mission of the Wildland Recreation and Urban Cultures Research Unit is to examine recreation activities, management decision making, and evaluate management strategies, especially at the wildland/urban interface with a focus on: changing recreation use patterns, including those derived from ethnicity and technological changes; values, attitudes and behaviors, as well as barriers or conflict, related to natural resources; communication related to recreation and natural resource use; and the social and recreational aspects of fire and fire management. More about this topic.
Recreation Research Update
March 2010- Featured Articles
Environmentalism and community: A study of diverse urban-publics - Benjamin Marcus (doctoral student) and Dr. Allen M. Omoto of Claremont Graduate University are collaborating with Dr. Pat Winter (PSW Station) on a study examining community as a pathway to environmental responsibility. Eight in-depth interviews were conducted with an ethnically diverse mix of urban-residents. Underlying this study was the working premise that environmentalism is both fostered by and can help foster connections to and sense of community.
A multi-ethnic comparison of forest recreation service quality - A collaborative paper authored by Dr. Chieh-lu Li (National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan), Jim Absher (PSW Station) and three others looked at perceptions of service quality on an ethnically diverse national forest adjacent to a large metropolitan area (Angeles NF). Specifically, it looks at differences among whites, Hispanics, and Asians in cross-cultural comparisons of perceived service quality. Because service quality can play a central role in serving minority populations better, managers will be aided by knowing how visitors perceive service quality components and be able to employ appropriate customer service quality strategies.
'SINAMI': A tool for the economic evaluation of forest fire management programs in Mediterranean ecosystems - Wildland fires are a major problem worldwide, causing not only significant economic and natural resources losses, but loss of life. The economic analysis of fire management and protection programs in the US has been in use since the early 1980s with the development of the NFMAS model in the USDA Forest Service. The model was developed as a budgetary tool to determine the most efficient fire management program.
PSW-GTR-209: Fire social science research from the Pacific Southwest research station: studies supported by national fire plan funds - The Wildland Recreation and Urban Cultures Research Work Unit of the Pacific Southwest Research Station acquired funding through the National Fire Plan within the community assistance topic area to study impacts of fire events on recreation and tourism. Recently, the RWU scientists worked with their collaborators to develop a compilation of multiple papers making up the Station's general technical report "Fire Social Science Research from the Pacific Southwest Research Station: Studies Supported by National Fire Plan Funds." Fire managers, academicians, and researchers interested in social aspects of fire management will find the volume of great assistance.
PSW-GTR-210: Recreation visitor research: studies of diversity - Racial and ethnic group diversity within the United States has been and continues to increase. It is important to understand these shifts and how they impact recreation activities, opportunities, and management. Recently, the Pacific Southwest Research Station's (PSW) Wildland Recreation and Urban Cultures research work unit scientists worked with their collaborators to develop a compilation of papers making up the Station's general technical report "Recreation Visitor Research: Studies of Diversity" (PSW-GTR-210). Outdoor recreation managers, academicians, and researchers interested in diversity will find the volume of great assistance.
PSW-RP-255: Forest Service special agents, assistant special agents in charge, senior special agents, and supervisory special agents report: nationwide study - This is the fourth in a series of studies to evaluate perceptions of U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service law enforcement personnel of the roles, responsibilities, and issues related to their jobs. An e-mail survey was administered to the 89 Forest Service special agents, assistant special agents in charge, senior special agents, and supervisory special agents (SAs) across the United States. Seventy completed and returned the questionnaire. Communication with others in the Forest Service was important to the SA respondents, as evidenced by their efforts to communicate at group meetings, and their use of e-mail and the phone. A major concern for the SA respondents was the shortage of SAs and law enforcement officers. Forest Service SA respondents ranked their highest job priorities as protecting National Forest System employees and forest users, followed by protecting forest resources and public property. Nationally, a successful program was characterized as one with sufficient resources that is understood by those engaged in or affected by the program.
PSW-RP-256: Forest Service National Forest System perceptions of law enforcement and investigations: nationwide study - This is the fifth in a series of studies to evaluate perceptions of the roles, responsibilities, and issues entailed in the jobs of U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service law enforcement and investigations (LEI) personnel. An e-mail survey was administered to the 537 Forest Service forest supervisors and district rangers (National Forest System [NFS] line officers) across the United States. Two-hundred and seventy-six completed and returned the questionnaire. Interaction, collaboration, and teamwork were important to the NFS line officer respondents-they reported the need for frequent interactions and had general agreement on priorities with LEI. Budget was a major concern for the NFS line officer respondents as was the shortage of law enforcement officers and forest protection officers. Natural resource protection was seen as important and was thought to be a priority, along with budget and safety. A successful LEI program was characterized as one that is understood by those engaged in or affected by the program and that has sufficient personnel and good communication.
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