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Dale Blahna

Dr. Dale Blahna, Team Leader
Research Social Scientist

400 N. 34th St., Suite 201 Seattle, WA 98103
Phone: 206-732-7833
Email:
dblahna@fs.fed.us
Curriculum Vitae



Dale Blahna is a research social scientist and team leader with the Forest Service, Pacific Northwest (PNW) Research Station, based in Seattle. He has been with the agency since 2007, and prior to that was at Utah State University for 16 years, working on human dimensions projects related to outdoor recreation, public involvement, and community social impact assessment. Blahna is curently the co-leader of the Green Cities Reserch Alliance (
GCRA), which is conducting interdisciplinary research on enivronmental sustainability in urban and urbanizing areas of the Pacific Northwest. He also conducts research on the social science of forest and recreation planning, urban and community forestry, cultural ecosystem services, and environmental stewardship and collaboration.

Current Projects

Cultural Ecosystem Services of the Deschutes National Forest
Prince William Sound Framework: Development of a Sustainable Human Use Plan
NEPA Planning and Decision-making for US Forest Service Recreation Projects
Community & Manager Perceptions of the Tradeoffs between Fuel Treatments, Smoke, and Wildfire in the Pacific Northwest
Urban Environmental Stewardship Organization Census, Network Analysis, and Participant Motivations
Green Cities Research Alliance: Urban Forest Health and Ecosystem Services Tools and Analyses In Puget Sound    
Understanding the Motives & Benefits of Civic Environmental Stewardship
Urban Waters Federal Partnership
Using National Visitor Use Monitoring Data for Analyzing Recreation Use Patterns and Economic Values of National Forests
Linkage of Visitor Use Permits and Community Vulnerability for the Tongass & Chugach National Forests
 
Publicatons (2007 - 2013)
arrow Asah, S.T., D.J. Blahna (In press). Practical implications of understanding the influence of motivations on commitment to voluntary urban conservation stewardship. Cons. Biol. (DOI: 10.1111/cobi.12058).
arrow McLain, R., M. Poe, K. Biedenweg, L. Cerveny, D. Besser, D. Blahna. 2013. Making sense of human ecology mapping: An overview of approaches to integrating socio-spatial data into environmental planning. Human Ecology (DOI 10.1007/s10745-013-9573-0).
arrow Wolf, K.L., D.J. Blahna, W. Brinkley, M. Romolini. 2013.Environmental stewardship footprint research: Linking human agency and ecosystem health in the Puget Sound Region. Urban Ecosystems 16: 13-32.
arrow Asah, S.T., D.J. Blahna. 2012. Motivational functionalism and urban conservation stewardship: Implications for volunteer involvement. Cons. Letters (5): 470-477.
arrow Harris, C.C., E.A. Nielsen, D.R. Becker, D.J. Blahna, W.J. McGlaughli. 2012. Results of community deliberation about social impacts of ecological restoration: Comparing public input of self-selected versus actively engaged community members. Env. Mngt. 50(2):191-203.
arrow Asah, S.T., D.J. Blahna, C.M. Ryan. 2012. Involving forest communities in identifying and constructing ecosystem services: Millennium assessment and place specificity. J. Forestry. 110 (3): 149-156
  Asah, S.T., D.J. Blahna, C. Ryan (In press). Involving forest communities in identifying and constructing ecosystem services: Millenium assessment and place specificity.  J. Forestry.
arrow Endter-Wada, J., D.J. Blahna 2011. Linkages to public land framework: Toward embedding humans in ecosystem analysis by using “inside-out assessment.” Ecol. Applications. 21(8): 3254-3271. View full pdf
arrow Cerveny, L., D.J. Blahna, M. Stern, and M. Mortimer. 2011. The use of recreation planning tools in U.S. Forest Service NEPA assessments. Env. Mngt. 48: 644-657. View full pdf
arrow Cerveny, L., D.J. Blahna, M. Stern, M. Mortimer, M.J. Predmore, and J. Freeman. 2011. Forest Service interdisciplinary teams: Size, composition, and leader characteristics. J. Forestry. 109(4): 201-207. View full pdf
arrow Smith, N., R. Deal, J. Kline, D. Blahna, T. Patterson, and T. Spies. 2011. Ecosystem Services as a Framework for Forest Stewardship: Deschutes National Forest Overview. U.S. Forest Service, General Technical Report, PNW-GTR-852. Portland, OR: PNW Research Station. View full pdf
arrow Freeman, J.W., M.J Stern, M. Mortimer, D.J. Blahna, L.K. Cerveny. 2011. Interdisciplinary collaboration within project-level NEPA teams in the US Forest Service. J. Env. Plan. & Mngt. 54(5): 597-615. View full pdf
arrow Mortimer, M.J., M.J. Stern, R.W. Malmsheimer, D.J. Blahna, L.K. Cerveny, D.N. Seesholtz. 2011. Environmental and social risks: Defensive National Environmental Policy Act in the U.S. Forest Service. J. For. (Jan/Feb): 27-33. View full pdf
arrow Brinkely, W., K.L. Wolf, and D.J. Blahna 2010. Stewardship footprints and potential ecosystem recovery: Preliminary data for Seattle and Puget Sound. Pp. 24-30 in: D.N. Laband (ed.) Linking Science and Society. Proceedings of Emerging Issues along Urban/Rural Interfaces III, August 2010, Atlanta, GA. View full pdf
arrow Jakus, P.M., J.E. Keith, L. Liu, and D.J. Blahna. 2010. The welfare effects of restricting off-highway vehicle access to public lands. Agric. & Res. Econ. Rev. 39(1): 89-100. View full pdf
arrow Burr, S.W., D.J. Blahna, D.K. Reiter. 2010. Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument front country visitors’ characteristics, Monument management and community services impressions, and expenditures in the Monument area. Pp. 371-394 in Learning from the Land – Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Science Symposium Proceedings 2006, Southern Utah University, Sept. 12-14, 2006. Escalante, UT: Escalante Interagency Center. View full pdf
arrow Lilieholm, R.J., M.E. Tessema, D.J. Blahna, L.E.Kruger. 2010. Using secondary data to describe community/resource linkages in Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Pp. 424-435 in Learning from the Land – Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Science Symposium Proceedings 2006, Southern Utah University, Sept. 12-14, 2006. Escalante, UT: Escalante Interagency Center. View full pdf
arrow Mekbeb, T.E., R.J. Lillieholm, D.J. Blahna, L.E. Kruger. 2009. Resource use, dependence and vulnerability: Community-resource Linkages on Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment (122):263-272. View full pdf
arrow Stern, M.J., D.J. Blahna, L.K. Cerveny, M.J. Mortimer. 2009. Visions of success and achievement in recreation-related USDA Forest Service NEPA processes. Environ. Impact Assess. Rev. 29(4): 220-228. View full pdf
arrow Alm, J.E., D.J. Blahna, D.J. Chavez. 2008. Management assumptions and program realities: A case of noncommercial fern gathering. Ch.8 in D.J. Chavez, P.L. Winter, J.D. Absher (eds.) Recreation visitor research: studies of diversity. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-210. Albany, CA: USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station. 215pp. View full pdf
arrow Blahna, D.J. 2007. Introduction: Recreation management. In Kruger, L.E.; R. Mazza, K. Lawrence, eds. Proceedings: national workshop on recreation research and management. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR 698. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. Pp. 101-113. View full pdf
arrow Blahna, D.J. and L.Kruger. 2007. Closing remarks: Recreation and the Chief’s ‘national debate.’ In Kruger, L.E.; R. Mazza, K. Lawrence, eds. Proceedings: national workshop on recreation research and management. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-698. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. Pp.1-7. View full pdf
arrow Williams, P. B., D.J. Blahna. 2007. Public communication and participation strategies relevant to wildland recreation management and research. In Kruger, L.E.; R. Mazza, K. Lawrence, eds. Proceedings: national workshop on recreation research and management. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-698. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. Pp. 67-80. View full pdf
  Selected Publications
arrow Keough, H. and D.J. Blahna. 2006. Achieving integrative, collaborative ecosystem management. Conservation Biology. 20(5):1373-1382. View full pdf
arrow Blahna, D.J., D.K. Reiter, J.D. Absher, and A. Cannon. 2005. A review and analysis of five OHV communication programs. USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station, Technical Report RWU-4902. View full pdf
arrow Kuhns, M.R., H.A. Bragg, D.J.Blahna. 2004. Attitudes and experiences of women and minorities in the urban forestry/arboriculture profession. J. of Arboriculture 30(1): 11-18. View full pdf
arrow Blahna, D.J., D.Carr, P.Jakes. 2003. Using social community as a measurement unit in conservation planning and ecosystem management. Pp. 59-80 in L.E. Kruger (tech.ed.) Understanding Community-Forest Relations. Gen. Tech. Report PNW-GTR-566. Portland, OR: USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. View full pdf
arrow Kuhns, M.R., H.A. Bragg, D.J.Blahna. 2002. Involvement of women and minorities in the urban forestry profession.  J. of Arboriculture 28(1): 27-34. View full pdf
arrow Blahna, D.J., D.K. Reiter. 2001. Whitewater boaters in Utah: Implications for wild river planning. Int’l. J. of Wilderness 7(1): 39-43. View full pdf
arrow Anderson, J.A., D.J.Blahna, D.J.Chavez. 2000. Fern gathering on the San Bernardino National Forest: Cultural vs. commercial values among Korean and Japanese participants. Soc. & Nat. Res. 13(8): 747-762. View full pdf
arrow Eisenhauer, B.W., R.S.Krannich, D.J.Blahna 2000. Attachments to special places on public lands: An analysis of activities, meanings, and community connections. Soc. & Nat. Res. 13(5): 421-441. View full pdf
arrow Endter‑Wada, J., D.Blahna, R.Krannich, M.Brunson. 1998. Framework for understanding social science contributions to ecosystem management. Ecol. Appl. 8(3): 891‑904. View full pdf
arrow Jakes, P., T.Fish, D.Carr, D.J.Blahna. 1998. Functional communities: A tool for national forest planning. J. For. 96(3): 33‑36. View full pdf
arrow Watson, A., N.A.Christensen, D.J.Blahna, K.S.Archibald. 1998. Comparing Manager and Visitor Perceptions of Llama Use in Wilderness. USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mt. Research Station, Res.  Paper RMRS‑RP‑10, 7 pp. View full pdf
arrow Jakes, P., T.Fish, D.Carr, D.J.Blahna. 1998. Practical social assessments for national forest planning.  USDA Forest Service, North Central Research Station, Gen. Tech. Rpt. NC-198, 44 pp. View full pdf
arrow Blahna, D.J., K.S. Archibald. 1997. Backcountry llama packing: What do other wilderness visitors think? Yellowstone Science. 9(3): 9-12. View full pdf
arrow Anderson, J.A., D.J.Blahna. 1996. Is formal visitor research necessary? Assessment of an outdoor museum staff's knowledge of the institution's audience. J. of Park and Rec. Admin. 14(2):16-36. View full pdf
arrow Blahna, D.J., K.S.Smith, J.A.Anderson.  1995.  Backcountry llama packing: Visitor perceptions of acceptability and conflict. Leis. Sci. 17(3):185-204. View full pdf
arrow Blahna, D.J. 1995. Integrating social and biophysical factors in ecosystem management: Quest for the philosopher-king.  In Thompson, J.L., D.W. Lime, B. Gartner, W.M. Sames, Proc. of the 4th Intl. Outdoor Rec. & Tour. Trends Symp. and the 1995 Natl. Rec. Res. Plan. Conf., St. Paul, MN: UM College of Nat. Res. & Minn. Ext. Ser., pp. 507-512. View full pdf
arrow Thorn, T.F., D.J.Blahna, B.Johnston. 1994. A process for developing wilderness user education plans. J. of Env. Ed., 25(2): 37-43. View full pdf
arrow Dawson, S.A., D.J.Blahna, J.E.Keith. 1993. Expected and actual regional economic impacts of Great Basin National Park. J. of Park and Rec. Admin., 11(4): 45-59. View full pdf
arrow Blahna, D.J., K.S.Black. 1993. Racism: Is it a concern for recreation resource managers?  In Gobster, P. (ed.) Managing Rec. in Urban & High Use Settings, USDA Forest Service, North Central For. Exper. Sta., Gen. Tech. Rpt. NC-163, pp. 111-118. View full pdf
arrow Blahna, D.J., M.I.Toch.1993. Environmental reporting in ethnic magazines:  Implications for incorporating minority concerns in environmental issues. J. of Env. Ed., 24(2): 22-29. View full pdf
arrow Blahna, D.J. 1992. Comparing the preferences of Black, Asian, Hispanic, and White fishermen at Moraine Hills State Park, Illinois.  In Proc. of the Symp. on Soc. Aspects & Rec. Res. Symp., USDA Forest Service, Gen. Tech. Rpt. PSW-GTR-132, pp. 42-43. View full pdf
arrow West, P.C., S.R. Brechin, D.J.Blahna. 1991. Residential wood energy and the rural elderly in northern Lower Michigan. Nor. J. of Appl. Forestry, 8(1): 36‑38. View full pdf
arrow Blahna, D.J. 1990. Social bases for resource conflicts in areas of reverse migration. Ch.12 in R.G. Lee, D.R. Field, W.R. Burch (eds.), Community & Forestry: Continuities in the Sociology of Natural Resources, Boulder, CO: Westview Press. View full pdf
arrow Blahna, D.J., S. Yonts‑Shepard. 1990. Preservation or use? Confronting public issues in forest planning. Ch.13 in J.D. Hutcheson, F.D. Noe, and R.E. Snow (eds.) Outdoor Recreation Policy: Pleasure & Preservation. New York: Greenwood. View full pdf
arrow Blahna, D.J., S.Yonts‑Shepard. 1989. Public involvement in resource planning: Toward bridging the gap between policy and implementation. Soc. and Nat. Res., 2(3): 209‑227. View full pdf
arrow West, P.C., J.M.Fly, D.J.Blahna, E. Carpenter. 1988. The communication and diffusion of woodlot management strategies to small forest property owners. Nor. J. of Appl. For., 5(4): 265‑270. View full pdf
arrow West,P.C., D.J.Blahna, J.M.Fly.1987. The unemployment impacts of the population turnaround in northern Lower Michigan. Rur. Soc. ­52(4): 522‑531. View full pdf
   

   

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