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Rocky Mountain Research Station

800 East Beckwith Ave
Missoula, MT 59801

(406) 542-4150

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Dr. Brian Kent, Research Forester

Research Interests

Throughout his career in academia and the Forest Service, Brian's primary interest has been in forest management, especially within the context of national forest planning. For many years, he has worked on the application of optimization models such as FORPLAN and Spectrum to forest planning, as a National Forest Systems operations research analyst, a computer software systems development manager, and as a Forest Service research scientist. After a three and a half year stint in full time research administration, Brian returned to his focus on forest planning related research, but with a different focus. He is now interested in the public involvement/conflict management component of forest plan revision and wildfire management efforts. Brian worked with the White River NF on their plan revision public involvement efforts by helping them identify stakeholder objectives for the White River Forest. Currently, he is working with an interdiciplinary team, using National Fire Plan funds on a project designed to characterize the risk perceptions of residents in the Wildland Urban Interface in Colorado, California and Oregon.

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Selected Publications

Hayman Fire Case Study (pdf Approx. 14.5 MB) See below for link to specific section.

Kent, Brian M.; Gebert, Krista; McCaffrey, Sarah; Martin, Wade; Calkin, David; Schuster, Ervin; Martin, Ingrid; Wise Bender, Holly; Alward, Greg; Kumagai, Yoshitaka; Cohn, Patricia J.; Carroll, Matt; Williams, Dan; Ekarius, Carol 2003. Social and Economic Issues of the Hayman Fire (Approx. 570 K): Wildfire, fuel treatments, wildfire behavior, social and economic wildfire effects, ecological effects of wildfires

Kent B.; Kaval P.; Berry J.; Retzlaff M.; Hormaechea D.; Shields D. 2003. A role for stakeholder objectives in USDA Forest Service plan revisions: A case study on the White River National Forest: Stakeholder objectives ; national forest planning ; decision analysis ; objectives hierarchies ; cluster analysis: Published Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal , 1 June 2004, vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 159-165(7)

Sustaining Social, Biological, and Physical Components of the Colorado Front Range Publications

Kent, B. M.; Shields, D. J.; Martin, W. E.; Wise, H. A. 1997. Incorporating stakeholder objectives in the forest planning process: Diverse forests, abundant opportunity, and evolving realities: Proceedings of the 1996 Society of American Foresters Convention; 1996 November 09-13; Albuquerque, NM. Bethesda, MD: Society of American Foresters; SAF Publication 97-03: 366-371.

Renewable Resource Management Science Research Publications

Shields, D.J.; Kent, B.M.; Martin, W.E.; Wise, H.A. 1997. Incorporating stakeholder objectives in the forest planning process: In: Diverse forests, abundant opportunity, and evolving realities: Proceedings of the 1996 Society of American Foresters Convention; 1996 November 09-13; Albuquerque, NM. Bethesda, MD: Society of American Foresters; SAF Publication 97-03: 366-371.

Bevers, Michael; Kent, Brian. 1995. Forest regulation under deterministic equilibrium dynamics. In: Sessions, John; Brodie, J. Douglas, eds. Management systems for a global economy with global resource concerns: Proceedings of the 1994 Symposium on Systems Analysis in Forest Resources; 6-9 September 1994; Pacific Grove, CA/USA. Corvallis, OR/USA: College of Forestry, Oregon State University: 134-137.

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Bevers, Michael; Kent, Brian. 1993. Land management planning analysis on the national forests: Evolving problems require changing techniques. In: Foresters together: Meeting tomorrow's challenges: Proceedings of the 1993 Society of American Foresters National Convention; 1993 November 7-10; Indianapolis, IN/USA. 94-01. Bethesda, MD/USA: Society of American Foresters: 327-332

Kent, Brian M.; Bevers, Michael; Sleavin, Katherine E.; Merzenich, James P.; Heiner, Jill; Turner, Matt. 1995. Operations guide for Forplan on microcomputers (release 14.2). Gen. Tech. Rep. RM-235. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 88 p. (Additional author: Hall, Sarah B.)

Shields, Deborah J.; Kent, Brian M.; Alward, Gregory S.; Gonzalez, Carlos. 1994. Economic, social, and ecological indices for natural resource sustainability evaluation. In: Making sustainability operational: Fourth Mexico/U.S. Symposium: Proceedings of the symposium.; 1993 April 19-23; Santa Fe, NM. Gen. Tech. Rep. RM-240. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station: 14-20.

Shields, Deborah J.; Kent, Brian M.; Alward, Gregory S.; Gonzalez, Carlos. 1994. Modelling joint rural economy-ecosystem sustainability. In: Elbrond, Jorgen; Tang, Xiaoli, eds. Proceedings of the APCOM XXIV International Symposium on the Application of Computers and Operations Research in the Minerals Industries; 1993 October 31-November 3; Montreal, Quebec/Canada. Montreal, Quebec/Canada: Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum: 54-63.

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Driver, B.L.; Kent, Brian; Hof, John G. 1994. A planning and analysis process for including social and biophysical considerations in sustainable ecosystem management. In: Covington, W. Wallace; DeBano, Leonard F., tech. coords. Sustainable ecological systems: implementing an ecological approach to land management.; 1993 July 12-15; Flagstaff, AZ. Gen. Tech. Rep. RM-247. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station: 281-291.

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Related Links

FCAMM ( US FS Fire Consortia for Advanced Modeling of Meteorology and Smoke )
Rocky Mountain Center
Sustainable Rangelands Roundtable
Sustainable Minerals Roundtable
Front Range Fuels Treatment Partnership (FRFTP)
The Resources Planning Act
National Survey of Public Values (pdf)
South Platte Ranger District

 

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