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Integrative complexity and attitudes toward prescribed fire in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming

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2012

Authors

Czaja, Michael R., author
Cottrell, Stuart, advisor
Bright, Alan, advisor
Doe, William, committee member
Goldstein, Joshua, committee member

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Abstract

This research examined whether the relationship between basic beliefs about wildland fire management and attitudes toward prescribed fire are moderated by the level of integrative complexity. Households in counties adjacent to three study areas in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming were the target of this social science research. The primary goal was to further validate a recently-developed measurement tool for integrative complexity and apply it to a new research scenario. The second goal was to identify respondents' level of complexity when they think about the issue of prescribed fire. Results suggest that integrative complexity moderated the relationship between basic beliefs and attitudes toward prescribed fire. Consistent with theory and previous studies, results suggested no relationship between integrative complexity and attitude direction. However, as expected, results suggested a significant relationship between integrative complexity and attitude extremity. A conceptual model was developed which incorporates assessing public and stakeholder integrative complexity into the development of forest management plans. Findings should assist forest managers with the development of collaboration, education, and outreach strategies.

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2012 Fall.
Includes bibliographical references.

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attitudes
integrative complexity
moderation
outreach
prescribed fire
wildland fire management

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