Citizen-Agency Interactions in Planning and Decisionmaking After Large Fires

TitleCitizen-Agency Interactions in Planning and Decisionmaking After Large Fires
Publication TypeGovernment Report
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsOlsen, C, Shindler, B
PublisherU.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station
Report NumberPNW-GTR-715
Keywordscitizen-agency interactions, communication strategies, context, federal forests, Postfire, public involvement, risk and uncertainty

This report reviews the growing literature on the concept of agency-citizen interactions after large wildfires. Because large wildfires have historically occurred at irregular intervals, research from related fields has been reviewed where appropriate. This issue is particularly salient in the West where excess fuel conditions indicate that the large wildfires occurring in many states are expected to continue to be a major problem for forest managers in the coming years. This review focuses on five major themes that emerge from prior research: contextual considerations, barriers and obstacles, uncertainty and perceptions of risk, communication and
outreach, and bringing communities together. It offers ideas on how forest managers can interact with stakeholders for planning and restoration activities after a large wildfire. Management implications are included.