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Homeowner Preferences for Wildfire Risk Mitigation in the Alaskan Wildland Urban Interface

Allen Molina, Joseph Little, Stacy Drury and Randi Jandt
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Allen Molina: School of Management, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 201 Bunnell Building, Fairbanks, AK 99705, USA
Joseph Little: W. A. Franke College of Business, Northern Arizona University, 101 E. McConnell Drive, Flagstaff, AZ 86011, USA
Stacy Drury: Pacific Southwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service 1731 Research Park Drive, Davis, CA 95618, USA
Randi Jandt: International Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2160 N. Koyukuk Drive, Fairbanks, AK 99705, USA

Sustainability, 2021, vol. 13, issue 21, 1-11

Abstract: Wildfire has become a larger threat to human life and property with the proliferation of homes into the wildland urban interface and warming climate. In this study we explored Alaskan homeowner preferences for wildfire risk mitigation in the wildland urban interface using discrete choice experiments to better understand the drivers of their risk mitigation actions. Estimates of willingness-to-pay for private mitigation actions are increased with wildfire risk reduction for all respondents. Willingness-to-pay for private mitigation is also positively associated with the presence of thinned fuel treatments on nearby public lands, but is estimated to decrease if cleared fuel treatments are present on public lands. Our study concludes that homeowners minimize wildfire risk while maintaining neighborhood amenity values. Additionally, findings suggest that there is an optimal amount of neighborhood participation to motivate individual risk mitigation actions, as well as having a say in the mitigation actions on public lands.

Keywords: choice experiment; non-market valuation; willingness to pay; survey; wildfire economics; hazardous fuels; subjective risk (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O13 Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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