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Sierra Nevada Research Center

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Mark Nechodom
Research Social Scientist
Principal Research Scientist
Socioeconomics and Institutions
Phone: (530) 759-1706

Pacific Southwest Research Station
Sierra Nevada Research Center
1731 Research Park Dr.
Davis, CA 95618

Ph: (530) 759-1700
Fx: (530) 747-0241

B.A. Political and Social Thought, 1983. World College West, San Rafael, California
Ph.D. Political Theory, 1998. University of California, Santa Cruz, California
Research Interests/Duties
Demographic and social characteristics of residents and visitors and their influences on public policy in the Sierra Nevada region.

My key research focus over the past three years has been on the political and institutional processes that affect natural resources decision-making in the Sierra Nevada and elsewhere. My work in the Tahoe basin, as well as my scientific and policy contributions to the Sierra Nevada Framework, have given me extensive and intimate knowledge of the institutions, policies and social dynamics behind local, state and federal decision-making in the region. As an educator, a consultant and a researcher I have worked with public officials, concerned citizens, technical experts and research scientists throughout the region, and have gained significant knowledge of regional and subregional public policy issues.
Selected Publications

Nechodom, M., Mason T., and Hartsough B. (in press) The Economics of Small Log and Biomass Utilization from National Forest Fuels Treatments: Two Cases in the Pacific Northwest. Western Journal of Applied Forestry.

Weible, C., Sabatier, P. and Nechodom, M. (in press) No Sparks Fly: Policy Activists Agree on Forest Fire Management in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Journal of Forestry.

Coulter, E., Coulter, K,. Mason, T., Swan, L. and Nechodom, M. 2002. The Dry Forest Mechanized Treatment Trials. Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council. (Submitted for General Technical Report publication, Pacific Southwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service).

Nechodom, M., Ruth, L., and Murphy, D. (under review) Political and Institutional Context of Sierra Nevada Science. In Proceedings of the 2002 Sierra Nevada Science Symposium. General Technical Report, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station.

Nechodom, M. and Leisz, D. 2001. Institutional Capacities for Local watershed Investment and Management in the Sierra Nevada: A review of four Sierran county governments. Sacramento, CA: California Resources Agency.

Nechodom, M., Rowntree, R., Dennis, N., Robison, H., Goldstein, B., & Small, M. 2000. Socioeconomic and Institutional Assessment. In D. Murphy, & C. Knopp (Eds.), Lake Tahoe watershed Assessment. (Chapter 6). Albany, CA: Pacific Southwest Research and Experiment Station. GTR-175.

Manley, P., Tracy, J., Murphy, D., Noon, B., Nechodom, M., & Knopp, C. 2000. Elements of an Adaptive Management Strategy for the Lake Tahoe Basin. In D. Murphy, & C. Knopp (Eds.), Lake Tahoe watershed Assessment. (Chapter 7). Albany, CA: Pacific Southwest Research and Experiment Station. GTR-175.

Nechodom, M. and Kusel, J. 1999. Developing and Testing a Methodology for Local Partnership Research. Sacramento, CA: California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Contract # 6CA51240. Millar, C.; Nechodom, M., and others. 1998. Sierra Nevada Framework Design Paper: Contexts and Commitments. 1.4 ed. Albany, CA: USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station.

Bidol-Padva, P., Greenwood, B., Nechodom, M. 1998. Collaborative Conflict Management for Local Governments: A Handbook. Davis, CA: University of California, Martin Luther King Law School.

Nechodom, M. and Greenwood, B. 1998. Regional Cooperation for Sustainable Oak Woodland Landscapes: A Study of the Central Coast and Northern Sacramento Valley Sustainable Landscapes Projects. Sacramento, CA: California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Contract # 6CA51240.

Nechodom, M. and Kusel, J. 1997. Local Partnerships: Policy Implications of Local, Multi-Stakeholder Natural Resource Management Regimes. Sacramento, CA: California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Nechodom, M. and Madison, M.E. 1997. Coordinated Resource Management from the Regional Perspective. Sacramento, CA: California Resources Agency, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Contract # 6CA48914.

Nechodom, M. 1996. "How We Deal With Community Controversy" in Community and University: Case Studies on University of California Cooperative Extension Interventions. Alvin Sokolow, Ed. University of California Division of Agricultural and Natural Resources, Publication 3371.

Nechodom, M. 1996. Local Group Forum Reports to the California Biodiversity Council, September 1994 - March 1996 [Includes Forums From Yosemite, San Diego, Napa, Elk Grove, Eureka, Barstow, and Monterey] [Web Page]. Accessed 1998b Sep 26. Available at:

Nechodom, M. 1996. Local Partnerships and Local Cooperation: Nine drivers of group formation and continuity. Sacramento, CA: California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Assessment Team Report #2.

Nechodom, M. 1996. Regional Managers' Forums of the California Biodiversity Council [Web Page]. Accessed 1998 Apr 23. Available at:

Nechodom, M. 1996. Strategies for Financing the Natural Communities Conservation Planning program. [Available: Mimeo on file for the California Biodiversity Council.] Sacramento, CA : California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Nechodom, M. 1995. Creekside Chats on Ecosystem Management: Final Report. Annual Reports to the State Management Team. Sacramento, CA: Bureau of Land Management.

Nechodom, M. 1995. Critical Policies and Critical Publics on the Sierra Nevada Landscape. White papers from the SNEP Policy and Institutions Group. 15.

Nechodom, M. 1994. 'The Slow Boring of Hard Boards': Public Participation and Agency Coordination in the Management of California's Ecosystems. University of California, Division of Environmental Studies, Davis, CA 95528. Unpublished working paper for the California Biodiversity Council, 40pp.

Nechodom, M. 1994. Local Information Access Forum: Facilitating Local Participation in Resource Management [Web Page]. Accessed 2000a Jun 28. Available at: liaindex.html

Haber, P. and Nechodom, M. 1985. El Sistema Alimentario Mexicano: A political and economic analysis of food production in Mexico, 1980 to 1983. Washington, DC: Johns Hopkins.

Nechodom, M.; Martos, L., and Korzineiwicz, J. 1984. Militarism in the Southern Cone Countries of South America. In: Harris, R.M., Ed. Militarism in Latin America. Santa Cruz, CA: Latin American Studies.

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