Tom Holmes Co-Authors Prize-Winning Article

Spraying insecticidal soap to control hemlock woolly adelgid in a recreational area. Photo by Great Smoky Mountains National Park, courtesy of

On August 20, Southern Research Station (SRS) research forester Tom Holmes received notice that a paper he co-authored won the first Soren Wibe Prize from the Journal of Forest Economics. Fellow co-authors of the article are Christopher Moore from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Kathleen Bell from the University of Maine.

The Soren Wibe Prize is awarded biennially to a paper published in the journal in the preceding two years that presents “considerable development in empirical knowledge or methodology in the field of forest economics.” An independent international committee of experts in the fields of forest and environmental economics selects the winning manuscript.

The Journal of Forest Economics was founded by Soren Wibe and is published by Elsevier in affiliation with the Department of Forest Economics at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Umey, Sweden. The journal editors invited Holmes and fellow co-authors to come to Umey in December for a prize ceremony where the authors will also give a lecture based on the winning paper.

The winning paper, “An attribute-based approach to contingent valuation of forest protection programs,” covers the approach developed by the authors to help managers decide where best to apply control programs for the hemlock woolly adelgid on public lands in the southern Appalachian region. The authors used an internet-based survey to examine public preference for treatment and protection programs on ecologically valuable or human-use (recreational) sites.

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