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Investigating the Relationship between Stakeholder Opinion about Wildfire Management and Landscape Context Using GIS

Pamela Kaval (), John Loomis and Dave Theobald
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Dave Theobald: Colorado State University

Working Papers in Economics from University of Waikato

Abstract: Colorado residents living in the wildland urban interface (WUI) were asked about their perception of wildfire risk and their willingness-to-pay (WTP) for three fire management procedures: fuel reduction by thinning, fire suppression and prescribed fires. Respondent home locations were then digitized to enable the calculation of wildfire danger variables from various GIS map layers. These two processes resulted in perceived and actual wildfire risk variables which were then compared and analyzed. Perceived and actual fire danger variables were then used as explanatory variables in WTP functions. Results show that each fire management technique had different variables that would increase a persons WTP. However, overall, WTP values for each of the approaches were substantial. We believe this information shows that people living in the WUI would be willing-to-pay for an annual “wildfire management fee” to offset risks they consciously take by living in the WUI. This fee could potentially decrease the wildfire management cost burden that is currently incurred by taxpayers.

Keywords: Contingent valuation; GIS; wildfire; wildland urban interface (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q43 Q51 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 23 pages
Date: 2006-09-26
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