Honors Senior Theses/Projects

Date of Award

Spring 2020

Exit Requirement

Undergraduate Honors Thesis/Project

Department

Honors Program

Faculty Advisor

Mark VanSteeter

Honors Program Director

Dr. Gavin Keulks

Abstract

Forest management is an ever-changing process. With new research and technology, forest management has dramatically changed over the last few decades. In 1995, 16% of the US Forest Service’s budget was devoted to firefighting, in 2015 it was more than 50% of the budget, and estimates say that it could be as much as 70% of the budget by the year 2025 (Struzik, 238). This raise in cost is due in part to the lengthening of wildfire season. Over the last 40 years, the average fire season in the US has gone from 23 days long to an average of 116 days (Davis, p. 92). This compilation will review important literature related to forest management, explore fire management based on differing geological areas, assess how forest fires impact communities using the 2017 Milli Fire as an example, and interview professionals in the field of forest and fire management all in hopes to bring awareness, prevention, and increased social responsibility to readers.

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