Living on the edge [electronic resource] : economic, institutional and management perspectives on wildfire hazard in the urban interface / edited by Austin Troy, Roger G. Kennedy.Material type: TextSeries: Advances in the economics of environmental resources ; v. 6.Publication details: Oxford : Elsevier JAI, 2007Description: 1 online resource (xii, 253 p.) : ill., mapsISBN: 0080488110 (electronic bk.); 9780080488110 (electronic bk.)Subject(s): Wildfires -- United States | Wildfires -- United States -- Prevention and control | Fire management -- United States | Wildfires | Agriculture | Social Science | TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING -- Fire ScienceGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Living on the edge.DDC classification: 363.379 LOC classification: SD421.3 | .L58 2007ebOnline resources: EBSCOhost
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Cover -- Copyright page -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- List of Contributors -- Chapter 1. Introduction: Finding Solutions to the Urban-Wildland Fire Problem in a Changing World -- Book Summary -- References -- Part I: Institutions and Policy -- Chapter 2. Forest Fire History: Learning from Disaster -- The American Tradition of Correcting Bad Policy: When it is Apparent how bad it has been -- Fire, Pain and Policy -- Notes -- References -- Chapter 3. Fire Policy in the Urban-Wildland Interface in the United States: What are the Issues and Possible Solutions? -- Introduction -- New Policy Initiatives -- The Australian Experience -- Conclusion -- References -- Chapter 4. Wildfire Hazard Mitigation as ''Safe'' Smart Growth -- Wildfire Hazard Mitigation as ''Safe'' Smart Growth -- What is Safe Smart Growth? -- Getting to Safe Smart Growth in the Wildland-Urban Interface -- Conclusions and Directions for Future Research -- Notes -- References -- Chapter 5. Practical and Institutional Constraints on Adopting Wide-Scale Prescribed Burning: Lessons from the Mountains of California -- Introduction -- Reasons for Bringing fire Back -- Facing Constraints: Can Fire be Returned to the Landscape in a Controlled Fashion? -- When and Where Should fire be Brought back to the Landscape in the form of Prescribed Fire? -- Summary -- References -- Part II: The Economics of Hazards -- Chapter 6. The Effects of Wildfire Disclosure and Occurrence on Property Markets in California -- Introduction -- Policy Background -- Study Methods -- Results -- Discussion -- Notes -- Acknowledgments -- References -- Chapter 7. Wildfire Underwriting in California: An Industry Perspective -- Notes -- Chapter 8. A Tale of Two Policies: California Programs that Unintentionally Promote Development in Wildland Fire Hazard Zones -- Introduction -- Fair Plan -- Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone Mapping -- Conclusion -- Notes -- Acknowledgments -- References -- Part III: Community Involvement -- Chapter 9. Community Involvement in Wildfire Hazard Mitigation and Management: Community Based Fire Management, Fire Safe Councils and Community Wildfire Protection Plans -- Defining Community-Based fire Management -- The Status of CBFiM Today -- CBFiM in Action: California's Fire Safe Council and Fire Safe Council Clearinghouse -- Defining ''Community'' and ''Community-Based'' -- Sense of Ownership in CBFiM -- Communication and Information in CBFiM -- Community Wildfire Protection Plans in the Western United States -- Challenges to Institutional Support and Implementation -- Conclusion: The Current State of Knowledge and Need for Future Research -- Notes -- References -- Chapter 10. Human Communities and Wildfires: A Review of Research Literature and Issues -- Formal Community Relationships: Networks of Stakeholders -- A Sense of Community: Informal Social Relationships -- Communication and Education -- Discussion -- References -- Part IV: Management and Ecology -- Chapter 11. Modeling Fire in the Wildland-Urban Interface: Di.
Wildfires are a fact of life throughout many arid and semi-arid regions, such as the American West. With growing population pressures in these regions, human communities are increasingly developing in so-called "urban-wildland interface zones," where severe fire driven ecosystems co-exist uneasily with humans and their property. This edited volume addresses this problem-and its potential solutions-from an interdisciplinary perceptive, with contributions from authors in public policy, sociology, economics, ecology, computer modeling, planning, and ecology. The first section of the book address.
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