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Ray, Lily Amelia

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A climactically-induced increase in wildfires in the Alaskan boreal forest threatens rural indigenous livelihoods, and indicates a need for community involvement in wildfire policy planning. A diverse literature describes community-based natural resource management, but has not been applied to wildfire management. Through three research papers this dissertation investigates conflicts over wildfire management in rural Alaska and considers community participation as a potential solution. The first paper explores the concept of a "community" perspective on wildfire in the Koyukon Athabascan communities of Galena and Huslia. A Q-sort was used to determine shared perspectives, and showed that Koyukon grouped separately...
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