Dr. Jean Daniels is a research forester with the USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest (PNW) Research Station, Urban-Wildland Interactions Team based in Portland, OR. She is primarily responsible for developing a program of work examining how economic analyses can be applied to help guide ecological restoration efforts. Federal, state, and municipal agencies, non-governmental organizations, and individuals participate in restoration activities for a variety of reasons, spanning from regulatory mandate to voluntary stewardship. Significant resources are allocated and utilized, yet the benefits and costs of these efforts are often poorly understood and difficult to quantify. This area of study is relatively new and she is working to foster greater understanding of the contribution that economics can make to guide restoration choices influencing how projects are chosen and prioritized, how benefits and costs are measured, and how success is measured and monitored. The expected impact of this work is to develop metrics and tools to assist restoration professionals to allocate resources towards projects with the greatest likelihood of success in meeting ecological goals.
In addition, Dr. Daniels contributes to the long history of wood market and product research at the Station. She is building a program of work examining relationships between forest product markets and pricing, forest management, mill industry infrastructure, and community well-being. The work involves developing information about the role that changing forest products markets play both in forest management and in local, regional, and global economies. Timber markets, mill technology, and mill closures impact employment and the ability of land managers to conduct land management operations on the ground. A key part is identifying opportunities for and barriers against active approaches to forest management that engage a variety of land management goals and stakeholder groups, including international trade partners. There is also a need to develop, interpret, and deliver data that are relevant both to resource management professionals and communities. This work helps managers understand market trends and how communities adapt to changing local and regional social and economic conditions over time. This work is significant because of the traditional links between forest sector employment and rural community well-being. In addition, the ability to carry out silviculture treatments and other forest management operations is dependent on the availability of markets for harvested timber.
Spatial Data Sets: Locations for primary wood using mills in the western United States
Daniels, J.M., Robbins, A.S.T., Brinkley, W., Wolf, K., and J.M. Chase. 2012. Toward estimating the value of stewardship volunteers: A cost-based valuation approach in King County, Washington, USA. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening. (in press)
Keegan III, C.E., K.A. Blatner, J.M. Daniels, and T.A. Morgan. 2012. Trends in lumber processing in the western United States. Part 3: Residue recovered vs. lumber produced. Forest Products Journal. View full pdf
Hayes, S.W.; T.A. Morgan, E.C. Berg, J.M. Daniels and M.T. Thompson. June 2012. The Four Corners Timber Harvest and Forest Products Industry, 2007. Resour. Bull. RMRS-RB-13. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 67p.View full pdf
Keegan III, C.E., Sorenson, C.B., Morgan, T.A., Daniels, J.M., and S.W. Hayes. 2012. Impact of the great recession and housing collapse on the forest products industry in the Western United States. Forest Products Journal. View full pdf
Gale, C.B., Keegan III, C.E., Berg, E.C., Daniels, J.M., Sorenson, C.B., Morgan, T.A., Polzin, P., and G. Christensen. 2012. Oregon’s forest products industry and timber harvest, 2008 with industry trends and impacts of the Great Recession through 2010. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-?. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 66 p. (in review)
Robbins, A.; Daniels, J.M. 2012. Restoration and Economics: a Union Waiting to Happen? Restoration Ecology. 20(1), 10-17.View full pdf
Daniels, J.M. 2011. Stumpage market integration in Western national forests. Res. Pap. PNW-RP-586. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 27 p.View full pdf
Daniels, J.M. 2010. Assessing the lumber manufacturing sector in western Washington. Forest Policy and Economics. 12(2), 129-135.View full pdf
Keegan, C.E., T.A. Morgan, K.A. Blatner, and J.M. Daniels. 2010. Trends in lumber processing in the western United States. Part 2: Overrun and lumber recovery factors. Forest Products Journal. 60(2), 140-143.View full pdf
Keegan, C.E., Blatner, K.A., Morgan, T.A., and J.M. Daniels. 2010. Trends in lumber processing in the western United States. Part 1: Board foot Scribner volume per cubic feet of timber. Forest Products Journal. 60(2), 133-139.View full pdf
Daniels, J.M. and D.D. Warren. 2009. Production, prices, employment, and trade in Northwest forest industries:electronic web version.Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station.
Daniels, J.M. 2008. United States trade in wood products, 1978-2005. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-738. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 124 p with data CD-ROM.View full pdf
Daniels, J.M. 2007. An economic assessment of the lumber manufacturing sector in western Washington. Ph.D. Dissertation. University of Washington, Seattle, Washington. 174 p.
Perez-Garcia, J.; Barr, K.; Daniels, J.M. 2005. Washington’s sawmilling sector analysis: capacity utilization and timber outlook. CINTRAFOR Working Paper 99. College of Forest Resources, University of Washington. 39 p.
Daniels, J.M. 2005. The rise and fall of the Pacific Northwest log export market. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-624. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 80 p.View full pdf
Daniels, J.M. 2004. Assessing socioeconomic resiliency in Washington counties. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-607. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 35 p.View full pdf