Homeowner participation in wildfire mitigation cost-sharing programs

Posted: May 18, 2017

Cost-share grant programs are often used to encourage homeowners to take action — like clearing vegetation from around their homes — to lower their property’s wildfire risk. But do these programs reach the people who face the highest risk? Are there other ways to reach those who would participate, besides offering them funding?

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Researchers teamed up with the West Region Wildfire Council to answer these types of questions for one community in western Colorado. Although most people were willing to participate in cost-share programs for mitigation, those whose risk was rated higher by a professional were less likely to participate than those with lower assessed risk. For those who may decide to participate, there are factors besides money that figure significantly.

Research takeaways

Meldrum, J. R., Champ, P. A., Warziniack, T., Brenkert-Smith, H., Barth, C. M., & Falk, L. C. (2014). Cost shared wildfire risk mitigation in Log Hill Mesa, Colorado: survey evidence on participation and willingness to pay. International Journal of Wildland Fire, 23(4), 567. doi:10.1071/wf13130

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The research article is available through our library by contacting netclrc@fema.dhs.gov. Interested readers may be able to access the article through their local library or through the publisher’s website.

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