Watershed Management Study

PAWUIC established a Task Force on Watershed Management in cooperation with the Prescott National Forest. Some folks may ask why we are interested in preserving our watersheds. We are supposed to focus wildfire control and prevention. But we also endorse the return to healthy forests through controlled burns, forest thinning and restoration. The Northern Arizona Forest Fund and the Salt River Project are partnering with our forest stewards to protect the supply of fresh water. This YouTube video tells you more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhV5F2wmmYU

Firewire Assessor Training

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Predicting Homeowner Wildfire Mitigation Behaviors in the Wildland Urban Interface

Eric C. Stuffy, PhD, Senior Research Associate, Partnership for Community Development and School of Community Resources & Development at Arizona State University

Download Final Report. For more information, contact Dr. Steffey at the Partnership for Community Development, School of Community Resources and Development, Arizona State University, www.asu.edu.

DISSERTATION ABSTRACT

This dissertation, entitled Predicting homeowner wildfire mitigation behaviors in the wildland urban interface seeks to explore the dynamics of homeowner mitigation behaviors.The catalyst for exploring this area of research is due to the increase in wildfires that threaten communities, force evacuations, damage property, and causes loss of life.  This is in part due to a century of failed wildfire policy creating unhealthy forests that pose high wildfire risks coupled with an influx of people moving to these fire prone regions, also known as the wildland urban interface (WUI).  National programs identify and promote effective wildfire mitigation actions to reduce wildfire risk; however, many homeowners do not perform these actions.   

This study seeks to identify the factors that influence and/or limit homeowners’ wildfire mitigation behaviors.  Based on previous literature and using the theory of planned behavior as a theoretical foundation, the study proposes an integrated wildfire mitigation model to assess homeowner mitigation behaviors. The purpose of the study is to a) test if the Theory of Planned Behavior provides a valid predictive model for understanding wildfire mitigation behaviors, b) develop and empirically test an integrated wildfire mitigation model, and c) explore the role of homeowner associations (HOA) on wildfire mitigation behaviors. 

The population for the study is homeowners with property in the WUI located in the Prescott area in central Arizona.  The study will sample two groups, homeowners with property in an HOA and though not.  Analysis of these data will be through a multi-group path analysis.  The study seeks to develop a theoretical framework to identify site specific factors in explaining wildfire mitigation behaviors to help inform local programs and policy.