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E-IPER Dissertation Defense : Rebecca Miller "Wildfire Resilience Policies in California"

Monday, May 3, 2021 10:00 AM
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Faculty/Staff, Students, Alumni/Friends
Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources

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"Wildfire Resilience Policies in California"

Wildfires and other climate change-related disasters threaten lives, property, and the environment. Effective mitigation, coordination, and preparation can improve disaster resilience among governments and local communities. Across five chapters, this dissertation examines policies and best practices in disaster mitigation and resilience in response to recent wildfires in California. In my first chapter, I examine historic fuel treatment policies, focusing on the integration of prescribed burns into state wildfire management policies. My second chapter explores current barriers and enablers to increasing the deployment of prescribed burns across private, state, and federal lands. In my third chapter, I consider the factors that influence participation in a state-recommended, though not mandatory, program designed to reduce wildfire risk through property protection ordinances in local jurisdictions. In my fourth chapter, I conduct the first state-wide evaluation of school closures, including those caused by wildfires, on academic achievement. Finally, my fifth chapter identifies challenges and best practices for non-profit organizations involved in wildfire relief and recovery efforts within the first two years of a catastrophic wildfire. In sum, the empirical findings of this dissertation contribute to better decision-making for climate change adaptation and disaster resilience policies and practices.

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