A public engagement tool for understanding human-nature relationships and relevant drivers of change
Description: Wildland fire is a phenomenon that impacts people and communities from the local to the national scale. These impacts are generally entwined with the human and ecological meanings and services that people derive from public lands. Fire planning requires an understanding of differing perceptions related to desired objectives and outcomes, as well as barriers and opportunities for implementation of adaptation strategies. While convening a diverse range of people with their varying perspectives to discuss wildland fire planning and management may be common, rigorous social science approaches that can be practically applied by practitioners within these forums are limited. We have developed a ‘social vulnerability’ protocol focused on exploring diverse human-nature relationships and the drivers of change influencing such relationships, which can support both decision-making and public relations. This webinar reviews past applications of the social vulnerability protocol to support planning and management, demonstrates the protocol in its web-based form for virtual engagement, and explores opportunities to apply the protocol within the context of wildfire planning and management.
Presenter: Chris Armatas, Research Social Scientist, Forest Service & Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute