Forest Economics and Policy (SRS RWU 4804)
Our Mission is to evaluate legal, tax, social, and economic influences
on forest resource management and investment, and to develop guidelines
that will support the sustainable management of forests.
The most recent mission for SRS-4804 is to improve the economic foundation for natural resource policy and management through research in the following problem areas:
- Economics of Forest Disturbances- Develop joint economic-ecological knowledge of forest disturbance processes (wildfires, insect outbreaks, severe storms) across multiple temporal and spatial scales and understand how policy and management interventions affect economic outcomes under current and changing climatic conditions.
- Forest Policies, Programs and Taxes- Evaluate policies, programs and taxes that influence forests, forest landowners, forest management, and forest ecosystem services.
- Forest Products Markets and Trade- Develop fundamental economic knowledge on the supply and demand conditions for forest products across multiple scales and understand how international trade affects timber product markets in the U.S.
- Forest Ecosystem Services Economics and Policy- Develop fundamental economic knowledge of the supply and demand of market and non-market ecosystem services provided by forests to assist in the development of policies at the local, regional and national levels.
In the News
- 2008 Lacey Act Amendment Successful in Reducing U.S. Imports of Illegally Logged Wood (November 20, 2014 on CompassLive)
- Cigarettes are Causing Fewer Wildfires, but Why? (January 13, 2015 on CompassLive)
- Forest landowners’ guide to the Federal income tax
- Outlook to 2060 for world forests and forest industries: a technical document supporting the Forest Service 2010 RPA Assessment
- Effect of policies on pellet production and forests in the U.S. South: a technical document supporting the Forest Service update of the 2010 RPA Assessment
- Where is the carbon? Carbon sequestration potential from private forestland in the Southern United States
- A conceptual framework for adaptive forest management under climate change