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2016 Agenda

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Continuing Education for Natural Resource Professionals

Natural Resource Policy, Values and Economics (NRPVE)

wildlife management sign with horse, higher and biker icons infront of hunter icon.  Interesting juxtaposition.  Or possibly a subliminal expression of values, economics and future policy?Objectives & Description:

  • describe factors involved in policy-making and describe basic policy-making models;

  • explain the basic roles of economics in natural resource, ecosystem service, and outdoor recreation management; demonstrate comprehension and appreciation of human value systems underlying policy-making and economics;

  • demonstrate skills in interpreting and applying human dimensions data to natural resource policy and management including National Visitor Use Monitoring (NVUM)recreation visitation, visitor spending, preferences data and Renewable Resources Planning Act (RPA) economic values data.

Discussion is strongly related to activities on National Forests via case study and interactive exercises. Obviously one week won't make you an economist or policy analysit - but it will help you in understanding and dealing with economic and political influences in natural resource management. And understanding economics, politics and policy will slide into "VALUES".

How do you 'value' the soil under a building...before and after it is washed away?
How do you 'value' a potential landslide and human life ... or closing a road?
Purification of air and water - what is the value?
How do we adapt our management for global warming? ECOSYSTEM SERVICES

Questions posed more frequently today by our agency, litigants and landholding neighbors. You will learn how to determine 'value' and ask good economic/policy/value questions -- to yourself and to people with their set 'values'. Humans try and substitute these 'ecosystem services' at high expense and not doing it nearly as well as nature.

Join the discussion - delve into other areas you may not have previously considered; explore some options and actions.

Recommended for Line Officers and decision makers.

Alternating hosts between Portland State University (Portland OR), University of Georgia (Athens GA) and Colorado State University (CSU). Only 3 DAYS!

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Dates: April 4 - 6, 2017


Registration Status: Register in AgLearn

AgLearn Keywords: 2600 300

Registering in AgLearn

Tuition: $975
(does NOT include lodging and most meals; DOES include continental breakfasts. UGA includes a "full" sit down lunch; PSU/CSU does not include lunch.)

Payment - PSU: 3 options

  • credit/purchase card - TBA
  • check (made out to PSU Conference Service Center)
  • direct deposit - Venor will send DUNS/Tax ID information for paying through ASC under "Misc. Payment/Individual".

Dropping from the Workshop: Tuition is 'low' for this workshop consequently there is not much leeway on letting people drop. If you are registered, check with us first, just in case we have a waiting list. If there is not a waiting list, you will need to find a substitute or pay fixed costs. The budget has been set and spent based on current confirmation. Thank you for your understanding and consideration.

Portland State University

Agenda & Workshop Info - 2017 to be posted | SF182 Info | Travel Information

2016 Agenda (DOCX)


Professors in charge:

First Contact:

Portland State University
Dr. Craig Shinn

Second Contact:

Portland State University
Administration: Dan Trifone

Portland State University
Center for Public Service
Mark O. Hatfield School of Government
PO Box 751
Portland OR 97207-0751


updated: August 11, 2016

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Forest Service Continuing Education for Natural Resource Professionals
Author: Shelly Witt, National Continuing Education Coordinator,
WFW staff
Phone: 435-881-4203
Expires: none

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(202) 205-8333

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