Recommendations for Improving Forest Health, Water Protection and Wildfire Resilience
Carpe Diem West, in partnership with the National Forest Foundation spearheaded a research project in February 2019 in three locations near national forests across the rural West (Wenatchee, WA; Buena Vista, CO; and Flagstaff, AZ) in order to better understand the connections voters in these types of communities make between forest health and clean water and wildfire prevention, and to assess their willingness to support dedicating additional funding for these purposes.
Focus group participants in these places valued forests for a variety of benefits they provide, ranging from the spiritual to the economic. They saw prevention of wildfires – and wildfire smoke specifically – as a compelling rationale for additional investment in forest conservation and health.
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