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Human-side of Restoration Webinar Series

Events Posted on: March 15, 2016
The Human-side of Restoration Webinar Series explored how human communities and individual values, public opinions, and social structures interface with ecological restoration. The series allowed experts from the Rocky Mountain Research Station, other government research organization, universities, and management communities to share their insights and experiences with the “people part” of restoration.

Literature cited during webinar "Learning to understand each other: Values and perceptions of ecosystem restoration"

Documents and Media Posted on: March 10, 2016
Presenters cited this source during the Human-Side of Restoration webinar Learning to understand each other: Values and perceptions of ecosystem restoration. Document Type: Other Documents

Wildfire risk faced by homeowners in western Colorado

Science Spotlights Posted on: August 13, 2015
Motivated by the combination of high wildfire risk and the concentration of substantial social and economic values within the study area, a collaboration involving the Rocky Mountain Research Station, the Bureau of Land Management, the University of Colorado, and a local wildfire council conducted research on wildfire risk faced by wildland-urban interface homeowners in western Colorado. The unique research effort pairs parcel level wildfire risk assessments conducted by wildfire professionals with residents’ perceptions of wildfire risk.

Optimal fire and fuels management

Publications Posted on: April 30, 2009
Record suppression costs have led to a multitude of fire cost reviews and cost studies by oversight agencies, and new rules and regulations. One of the most important and elusive issues in fire management is defining the "best" amount of fuel treatments to apply to a forested landscape. Research is developing tools and information that address a wide variety of issues related to fire suppression costs and fuels management.

Assess and enhance public trust

Publications Posted on: April 30, 2009
Trust is a form of social capital, facilitating effective land management, communication and collaboration. Although trust in the Forest Service is at least moderately high for most publics, evidence of a lack of trust and outright distrust has been found in some communities. However, the amount, types, and conditions of trust necessary for effective management to occur remain poorly understood.

Fire social science research–selected highlights.

Publications Posted on: December 17, 2007
Forest Service Research and Development has a long-standing component of social fire science that since 2000 has expanded significantly. Much of this new work focuses on research that will increase understanding of the social and economic issues connected with wildland fire and fuels management.

Perceptions of and preferences for fee program dollar utilization among wilderness visitors

Publications Posted on: March 11, 2006
The purpose of this study was to ascertain visitor perceptions of a fee program and preferences for management utilization of the fee dollars. Differences in program perceptions were examined both by activity and activity style. Wilderness visitors in the American Southwest were surveyed on-site during the 1997–1998 season. Overall, respondents moderately agreed that they knew about and understood the program.

Noise impact issues on the Great Walks of New Zealand

Publications Posted on: March 09, 2006
This paper describes the features of recreational noise impacts and presents examples from popular New Zealand backcountry trails. Some noise effects were noticed at very high levels, and a varied range of tolerance for these was noted. Aircraft noise provided the most extreme impact example, while noise impacts from motorboats and social behaviour in huts were also notable.

Wilderness perception scaling in New Zealand: an analysis of wilderness perceptions held by users, nonusers and international visitors

Publications Posted on: March 06, 2006
Wilderness is a concept that has both a physical and a perceptual meaning. Wilderness images have been collected by a number of researchers in recent years in an attempt to understand precisely what wilderness users consider wilderness to be. This paper sets out to analyze the original works of three researchers, studying three distinct sample populations so that wilderness perception comparisons can be made.