Magazine article American Forests

Hot Views on Hot Topics

Magazine article American Forests

Hot Views on Hot Topics

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By early October over 3.8 million acres of lands had burned in wildfires in 1994, 64 percent more than the five-year average of 2.3 million acres. The firefighting cost to federal agencies alone has been nearly $1 billion. To gauge how we Americans erceive and feel about issues of wildfire and forest health, American Forests commissioned a national survey of public opinion. The following highlights were revealed as this issue went to press.

The survey shows a significant awareness ofthe extent of wildfires this year: 49 percent responded that the amount of land burned this year was greater than average; just 7 percent thought the burned area was less than average. Fifty-five percent of the public believe that the Forest Service should extinguish all wildfire, versus 36 percent who would allow more frres to burn themselves out. The use of controlled fire, supported by 49 percent nationally (and opposed by 42 percent), is favored by 67 percent of those in the Inland 'JCTest.

The majority ofAmerican voters (52%) favor managing forests as opposed to letting nature taking its course (40%). To 47 percent this includes logging on the national forests, though a nearly equal number (44%) oppose timber harvests. …

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