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Research Briefs

Demand for Prescribed Fire on Private Lands in the Mid-Atlantic United States

Restoring fire across the eastern US landscapes is complicated by a diverse mix of public and private land ownerships. In the Mid-Atlantic region, most prescribed burning occurs on public lands. However, three-fourths of forestlands in this region are privately owned which means the potential for private lands burning is significant.
This research conducted a regional survey of private landowners regarding their knowledge and interest in prescribed burning with the intent of informing policies that support prescribed burning. This project builds on a 2021 survey conducted in Pennsylvania by Arun Regmi to help inform the design of an extension education program about private lands burning.

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