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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Valiantis, Marios Anastasis
Author's Email Address mvalia1@lsu.edu
URN etd-0401103-143500
Title Influences on State-Level Policies for Wildfire Risk Reduction
Degree Master of Science (M.S.)
Department Environmental Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Margaret A. Reams Committee Chair
Michael W. Wascom Committee Member
Paul H. Templet Committee Member
Keywords
  • pre-fire management plan
  • wildland-urban interface
  • wildfire risk reduction
  • wildfire prevention
Date of Defense 2003-03-21
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
Wildland fires are part of the United State’s history and culture. The human dimension of State wildland fire management, - the relationship of people and wildland fire in America- is an important and driving force in how federal and state agencies respond to wildland fire, now and in the future. In many ways, the critical element for the management of wildland fire is the management of people, communities, and organizations.

Explosive growth in the wildland-urban interface puts entire communities, their associated infrastructure and the socioeconomic fabric that holds communities together at a high risk from wildland fire. Year after year fires are getting worst. The risk now is even bigger since more people live in the wildland-urban interface. The 2000 fire season highlighted the vulnerabilities of these wildland-urban interface communities, including industries, businesses, occupational groups, families, and individual citizens.

This research attempts to determine the influences on state-level policies for wildfire risk reduction in the wildland-urban interface. All fifty States were selected to be studied in terms of their policies on wildfire risk reduction. Data was collected from the States in a survey form, and then analyzed to determine what factors may influence the states’ wildfire risk reduction polices. This research is an important first step in understanding the choices, approaches and specific activities undertaken by state decision-makers facing unprecedented threats from catastrophic wildland fire.

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