Published in Fire Social Science Research From the Pacific Southwest Research Station: Studies Supported by National Fire Plan Funds, August 1, 2008, pages 21-31. http://www.fs.fed.us/psw/publications/documents/psw_gtr209.
This paper presents a study of visitors to the Big Sur region of California during summer 2001. An onsite survey was administered to visitors to USDA Forest Service day-use areas and at developed campgrounds. Place attachment, observations relating to fires and fire management, and perceived recreational constraints owing to wildland fire and fire management are examined. The results indicate that place dependence and place identity influence some perceived constraints and observations of fire conditions. A discussion of the findings is provided, emphasizing the importance of managers’ understanding of visitors’ perceptions relating to fire and fire management.
Environmental Sciences | Natural Resources Management and Policy