Theses and Dissertations



Sun, Changyou

Committee Member

Frey , Gregory E.

Committee Member

Li, Xiaofei

Date of Degree


Original embargo terms

Embargo 1 year

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access



Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)


College of Forest Resources


Department of Forestry


Forestry-prescribed fires have been essential for managing forestland and reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfires. However, the use of prescribed fires has also raised concerns about their potential environmental and social impacts, leading to the development of various statutes and regulations that govern their implementation. This study explores the evolving legislative efforts related to forestry prescribed fire in managing forests and reducing wildfire risks to assess their dynamic nature. Determinants behind these legislative patterns are examined using qualitative content analysis and a binary logit model. A total of 199 legislative bills related to forestry prescribed fire were identified from 1995 to 2023 across the United States. The Southern United States reported the highest number of legislative bills. The passing rate of those legislative bills stands at 46.7%. This study contributes to a comprehensive understanding of the legislative effort surrounding forestry prescribed fires and informs ongoing discussions on effective forest management practices.

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