Webinar at 12:15 Today MT on Wildfire Mitigation CU

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ASSESSING WILDFIRE MITIGATION OUTREACH STRATEGIES IN THE WILDLAND-URBAN INTERFACE
Monday, September 29
12:15 – 1:15 PM
CSTPR Conference Room, 1333 Grandview Avenue
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by Deserai Crow, Center for Science and Technology Policy Research and Environmental Studies, University of Colorado Boulder

Adrianne Kroepsch, Elizabeth Koebele, and Lydia Dixon, Environmental Studies, University of Colorado Boulder

Abstract: Colorado residents, local governments, and non-governmental organizations are becoming increasingly aware of damages that wildfire – and especially catastrophic wildfire – can inflict on their communities and watersheds. Because wildfires are expected only to escalate in frequency and destruction in the American West due to regional demographic and climate trends, it is important for policymakers and water resource planners to understand how to best promote effective wildfire risk mitigation techniques among residents who choose to live in the wildland-urban interface (WUI). What types of wildfire mitigation information do homeowners in WUI zones receive, how is information distributed to them, and what effects does that information have on individual behavior? This study uses data from in-depth interviews and focus groups with fire professionals, wildfire-focused watershed groups, and homeowners in two communities in Colorado that have recently experienced historic wildfires, as well as a cross-jurisdictional survey of fire professionals in the American West, to examine programmatic efforts used to encourage homeowners to mitigate their wildfire risk. The results provide insights into constraints on individual and collective capacity, the effectiveness of formal versus informal roles for government, and other findings that may inform more effective wildfire risk mitigation policies in Colorado and across the American West in the future.

Biography: Deserai Crow is an Assistant Professor in the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where she works with Adrianne Kroepsch, Elizabeth Koebele, Lydia Dixon, Rebecca Schild, and Katie Clifford, all doctoral students in Environmental Studies and Geography. The Crow research group studies local environmental policy processes and the role that information plays in those processes, with a geographic emphasis on the American West. In addition to the wildfire-related research presented here, members of the Crow group are actively studying water governance, climate change, oil and gas extraction, wolf restoration, and environmental citizenship. Crow is affiliated with the Center for Science & Technology Policy Research at C.U., and is also the Associate Director of the Center for Environmental Journalism.

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One Comment

  1. There is no question but that the number, size and intensity of wildfires will increase unless and until we make some significant changes in current management! I believe something is missing in the science of forestry, and that something is the ability to see and understand the complexity of nature, our forests. Science has made major advancements however, the time the scientist spends observing and understanding the detail of the individual forest communities is shrinking. I believe the wisdom, today called “traditional knowledge”, of our indigenous people, developed through empirical observation, offers the opportunity to blend current science and the ability to “READ THE LAND” to produce a better future for our species. We need to change our focus from managing the resources from the forests to managing the forests for health, vitality and diversity. Diversity comes when we recognize and focus on the individuality of the forest communities rather than treating vast areas with the prescription for efficiency reasons. We can not bomb proof our forests, but we can reduce the risk of catastrophic events by increasing diversity. The resources from the forests must become the by-products of proper management. WHAT WE DO TO OUR FORESTS, WE DO TO OUR SELVES!

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