Title

Aiding Private Sector Restoration Efforts for Crown Fire Prevention in Southwest Forests

Date of Award

6-5-2007

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Environmental Policy & Mgmt

Degree Name

Master of Applied Science

Department

Environmental Policy And Management

Advisor

James Spensley

Keywords

ecological restoration; forest restoration; private property; Southwest; wildland fires

Abstract

It has been proven that wild fires in the Southwestern United States have become out of control. The Federal and State governments have dedicated ample resources toward the study and prevention of these out of control wild-land fires, but the process has proven quite slow and laden with legislative red tape. Private property owners have been expected to try and protect their own property while also appealing to the local county ordinances, insurance companies and homeowners associations. Without being provided the necessary information on how to conduct proper forest restoration procedures on their own. This paper is designed to address this issue by combining ecological and fire prevention restoration procedures into a simple and universal homeowners guide.

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