Title page for ETD etd-07292012-074549


Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Geiger, Richelle
URN etd-07292012-074549
Title Prescribed Fire in a Florida Landscape with Mixed Ownership: Spatial Interactions
Degree Master of Science
Department Forestry
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Busby, Gwenlyn M. Committee Chair
Amacher, Gregory S. Committee Member
Sullivan, Bradley J. Committee Member
Keywords
  • Wildfire
  • Mixed ownership
  • Spatial econometrics
Date of Defense 2012-07-17
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
Across the U.S., wildfires have become increasingly destructive and costly over the past few decades, with impacts particularly severe in the State of Florida. Because of an increase in wildfire frequency and severity and the number of people living in fire-prone areas the issue of wildfire risk management is of growing significance. One of the most important wildfire risk reduction tools is prescribed fire to reduce fuel loads, thereby reducing wildfire intensity and resulting damages. Because fire moves across a landscape and ownership boundaries, the spatial pattern of fuel load reduction may influence individual landowners’ decisions about fire risk management on their own property. We develop and empirically test a spatial econometric model to study the interaction between Florida landowners in their wildfire risk management decisions.
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