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Recreation visitor attitudes towards management-ignited prescribed fires in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, Montana

Posted date: March 19, 2009
Publication Year: 
2008
Authors: Knotek, Katie; Watson, Alan E.; Borrie, William T.; Whitmore, Joshua G.; Turner, David
Publication Series: 
Miscellaneous Publication
Source: Journal of Leisure Research. 40(4): 608-618.

Abstract

Research at the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex in Montana explored differences in recreation visitors' attitudes towards the use of management-ignited prescribed fires in the wilderness. A mail-back survey of visitors (n = 291) during the 2004 season revealed that over half of visitors would accept prescribed fires in wilderness. This support did not vary by ignition purpose: (a) to restore the natural role of fire or (b) to reduce hazardous fuels and potential for fire escaping to non-wilderness lands. Local visitors, however, were significantly more accepting of prescribed fires than non-local visitors across both ignition purposes. A smaller proportion of visitors than was expected considered the presence of natural fire undesirable.

Citation

Knotek, Katie; Watson, Alan E.; Borrie, William T.; Whitmore, Joshua G.; Turner, David 2008. Recreation visitor attitudes towards management-ignited prescribed fires in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, Montana. Journal of Leisure Research. 40(4): 608-618.