Participatory place mapping in fire planning

Michael Cacciapaglia, Laurie Yung*

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Place situates social phenomena in geographical space, and thus the concept of place demands careful consideration of the role of scale and how different scales interact. This chapter discusses a study that used participatory mapping methods to examine the relationship between place meanings and proposed management actions. The results showed that while participating landowners readily described and mapped special places, site-specific special places did not influence views on fire and fuels management. Instead landowner preferences for fire and fuels management were situated almost entirely at larger scales and explained by broader worldviews and ideologies about proper stewardship and the appropriate human-nature relationship. Getting scale “right” is critically important for public lands managers engaged in project planning at multiple scales.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPlace-Based Conservation
Subtitle of host publicationPerspectives from the Social Sciences
EditorsWilliam P. Stewart, Daniel R. Williams, Linda E. Kruger
Place of PublicationDordrecht
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9789400758025
ISBN (Print)9789400758018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Land-use conflicts
  • Mutual learning
  • Timber production
  • Wildland fire
  • Wildland-urban interface


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