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Katie Knotek
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Fire Communication & Education
Public Perspectives of Fire Management
Fire & Wilderness

NRFSN number: 10983
FRAMES RCS number: 2609
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This paper summarizes a select set of research studies conducted over the past 40 years, drawing conclusions on trends in public attitudes about the use of wildland fire in federally designated Wilderness. The research includes trend studies conducted with visitors to Wilderness areas in Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho and Montana. Each research study used a unique method for measuring and tracking change in visitor attitudes towards fire in Wilderness. Across all studies, results indicate a trend toward more positive and supportive visitor attitudes about the use of fire in Wilderness. This information is important for understanding if, and how, public attitudes might be changing over time.


Knotek, Katie. 2006. Trends in public attitudes towards the use of wildland fire. In: Proceedings of the 3rd International Fire Ecology and Management Congress; 2006 November 13-17; San Diego, CA. Pullman, WA: Washington State University.