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Beetles Among Us: Social and Economic Impacts of the Mountain Pine Beetle Outbreak

Future Forests Webinar: Beetles Among Us: Social and Economic Impacts of the Mountain Pine Beetle Outbreak

The fourth Future Forests Webinar, on August 28, 2012, discussed the social and economic impacts of the mountain pine beetle outbreak. Presentations from RMRS and university researchers and managers with the Northern and Rocky Mountain Regions focused on questions such as:

  • How are home prices changing following the outbreak?
  • How has the beetle outbreak changed public perceptions of forest management practices?
  • What economic opportunities exist to utilize beetle-killed trees?

Presentations

Introduction
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Krista Gebert, Regional Economist, USDA Forest Service, Northern Region


Opportunities and Challenges for Using Beetle Killed Trees for Woody Biomass
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Greg Jones, Research Forester, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station


Preparing for and Reaction to Impacts of the MPB on Recreation
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Chuck Oliver, District Ranger, USDA Forest Service, Bitterroot National Forest, Darby Ranger District
Paul E Cruz, Forest Recreation Program Manager, USDA Forest Service, Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest


MPB and Nonmarket Valuation
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Patty Champ, Economist, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station


Public Perceptions of Management Responses to the MPB Outbreak
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Mike Czaja, Graduate Research Assistant, Colorado State University, Dept. of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources
Jessica Clement, Scientist and Program Director, University of Wyoming, Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, Ruckelshaus Institute for Collaboration and Human Dimensions in Natural Resources


Q and A Session
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Speaker Bios

Patty Champ
Patty Champ

Patty Champ

Economist, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, 2150 Centre Ave. Bldg A, Fort Collins, CO, 80526. 970-295-5967. Email

Patty Champ is an economist with the Rocky Mountain Research Station in Fort Collins, CO. She has been with the station for 18 years. Her broad interest is in understanding public preferences related to land management issues. She is an expert on nonmarket valuation methods, and also conducts research on wildfire risk and homeowners in the wildland urban interface.

Jessica Clement
Jessica Clement

Jessica Clement

Scientist and Program Director, University of Wyoming, Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, Ruckelshaus Institute for Collaboration and Human Dimensions in Natural Resources, 1000 E. University Ave., 212 Wyoming Hall, Laramie, WY, 82071. 719-641-6680. Email

Jessica Clement has conducted human dimensions in natural resources research in Colorado, Wyoming and Montanta and has taught natural resource and human dimensions subjects at Colorado State University and elsewhere for the last twenty years. Trained as an ecologist as well as a social scientist, Jessica has worked as Co-Director of the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute at Colorado State University and currently leads the Collaborative Leadership Program at the Ruckelshaus Institute at the University of Wyoming. Having designed and facilitated collaborative natural resource decision-making processes at various scales for the last 15 years, she is now working on enhancing collaborative capacity in the State of Wyoming.

Paul E Cruz
Paul E Cruz

Paul E Cruz

Forest Recreation Program Manager, USDA Forest Service, Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest, 2150 Centre Ave. Bldg E, Fort Collins, CO, 80526. 970-295-6614. Email

Paul E Cruz has worked for the U.S. Forest Service as the Forest Recreation Program Manager for the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland at the Forest Supervisor's office in Fort Collins, CO since 2002. Other positions held with the agency include Forest Travel Rule Implementation Team Leader, Acting Recreation Fee and Business Systems Program Manager, Acting District Ranger, and District Recreation Staff Officer. Prior to his 1990 transfer to the Forest Service in 1990, Paul was a Soil Conservationist with the USDA Soil Conservation Service in Grand Junction and Delta, Colorado.

Mike Czaja

Graduate Research Assistant, Colorado State University, Dept. of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, Forestry Building Rm 237C, Fort Collins, CO, 80523. 970-491-1494. Email

Mike Czaja is a retired lieutenant colonel in the US Army and doctoral candidate at Colorado State University. He is interested in wildland fire-related social science research. In addition to being a volunteer wildland fire fighter and public information officer trainee with the Larimer County Sheriff's Office, he is a fire prevention volunteer with the Canyon Lakes Ranger District of the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest.

Krista Gebert
Krista Gebert

Krista Gebert

Regional Economist, USDA Forest Service, Northern Region, P.O. Box 7669, 200 East Broadway Street, Missoula, MT, 59807. 406-329-3696. Email

Krista Gebert is the Regional Economist for the Northern Region of the US Forest Service. She accepted the position as Regional Economist in July of 2010, after nearly 15 years as a researcher with the USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station in Missoula. From 1999 to 2001, she worked for the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Montana. Krista has authored or co-authored more than 30 papers on topics including timber sale economics; rural development; economic dependency on forest-related industries; and the economics of wildland fire management. Krista is a native Montanan, growing up in Dillon and obtaining her bachelor and graduate degrees in economics from the University of Montana.

Greg Jones
Greg Jones

Greg Jones

Research Forester, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, 200 East Broadway Street, Missoula, MT, 59807. 406-329-3396. Email

Greg Jones is a Research Forester with the Human Dimensions Science Program, Rocky Mountain Research Station, US Forest Service, located in Missoula. His Ph.D. is in Forest Economics from Iowa State University. Current research includes forest fuel treatment economics, biomass supply from forest treatments, and utilization of forest treatment residues.

Chuck Oliver

District Ranger, USDA Forest Service, Bitterroot National Forest, Darby Ranger District, 712 N. Main Street, Darby, MT, 59829. 406-821-3913. Email

Chuck Oliver has worked with the US Forest Service for 22 years, starting as range con. on the Butte District of the Deerlodge National Forest. Other positions held include Operations Research Analyst for planning in the Supervisors Office for the Deerlodge, Range Staff on the Reserve Ranger District of the Gila National Forest, and District Ranger on the Parks District of the Medicine Bow / Routt National Forest. For the past 7 years he has served as the District Ranger on the Darby District of the Bitterroot National Forest in Montana.