Date of Award


Degree Name

MS in Environmental Sciences and Management


Natural Resources Management


College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences


Yamina Pressler

Advisor Department

Natural Resources Management

Advisor College

College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences


Communities throughout the Western United States are threatened by wildfires. Due to years of fire suppression these fires can be more severe and devastating to communities. To reduce the negative effects from wildfires, many communities engage in disaster mitigation. An example of a community that faces significant wildfire threat and is using disaster mitigation techniques is Cambria, Ca. This study investigates the treatments (chipping, limbing, invasive species removal, and prescribed fire) that would be accepted in the community of Cambria as well as identifying common areas of management priorities among Cambrians. We found that there was a general support for treatment across treatment types amongst participants and a visual preference for treatment as well. Management priorities tended to be concentrated on private land and the reason participants chose these priorities was current lack of management and safety concerns. Recommendations for this community include increasing the amount of public outreach campaigns, programs that help mitigation on private property and continue to have community conversations about disaster mitigation.