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Robert G Haight

Robert G. Haight

Project Leader / Research Forester
1992 Folwell Ave
St. Paul
United States

Phone: 651-649-5178
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Current Research

I am a native Californian who became interested in forestry and resource management while attending the University of California, Berkeley. My early experiences in northern California as a logger for a large forest products company and a silviculturist for the Plumas National Forest shaped my interest in public resource management policy and economics, and I earned a Ph.D. in forest management from Oregon State University in 1985. Since joining Forest Service Research in 1987, I have studied public policy issues involving the economics of wildlife protection, metropolitan open space protection, wildfire management, and invasive species management. My approach is to build models of resource management problems and use simulation and optimization methods to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative policies.

Research Interests

I am interested in the optimal control of invasive species and beginning to build and analyze models to help allocate scarce resources among the four invasive species management strategies: prevention, detection, control, and rehabilitation. I am aware of the inherent uncertainties of the invasion process and have promising ideas about how to model this uncertainty and measure its effects on resource allocation strategies.

Why This Research is Important

My work is important because public resource managers allocate significant resources to protect endangered species, open space, and forests from unwanted disturbances associated with urban development, wildfire, and invasive species. My work provides information to decision makers about the benefits and costs of alternative protection strategies.


  • Oregon State University, Ph.D. Forest Management 1985
  • University of California, B.S. Forestry 1978

Professional Organizations

  • Society of American Foresters (SAF)
  • Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)

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Research Highlights


Balanced Approach to Surveillance Reduces the Costs of Invasive Species Detection and Control

New planning tool helps organizations make decisions on where and how much money to spend on invasive pests detection programs


Cost of Potential Emerald Ash Borer Damage to United States Communities for 2009-2019

Emerald ash borer (EAB), a nonnative invasive bark boring beetle discovered near Detroit, MI, and Windsor, Ontario, in 2002, is now found in fou ...


Feedbacks Through the Land Market Affect Success of Open Space Conservation Policy

A new planning tool helps decide which land parcels to save


For the Rare Prairie Orchid, Science is Making Climate Change Local

Forest Service researchers, along with their research partners from the University of Minnesota, are helping land managers answer key questions ...


Improving the Deployment of Wildland Fire Suppression Resources

While managers typically aim to minimize the number of escaped fires, they have limited funds to acquire suppression resources or construct oper ...


Municipal Cooperation in Managing Emerald Ash Borer Increases Urban Forest Benefits

The best approach to managing an emerald ash borer (EAB) infestation is to fight it like a human health epidemic. Just as epidemiologists cannot ...


New Guidelines Help Cities Manage the Slow-Moving Wildfire that is the Emerald Ash Borer Invasion

Emerald ash borer (EAB) is like a slow-moving wildfire spreading through urban forests and killing ash trees. City foresters need guidelines tha ...


Non-native Forest Pathogens Cost Homeowners Millions of Dollars Annually

Two big killers of residential trees--the oak wilt pathogen in the East and the sudden oak death (SOD) pathogen in the West cost homeowners mill ...


Protecting Habitat for Bats in the Face of Development Pressure

Wildlife managers and planners make their best estimates of where to purchase or acquire conservation easements on areas for habitat protection ...


Scientists conduct assessment and valuation of forest ecosystem services

Ecosystems provide many goods and services that enable and enrich human life, from traditional natural resources, such as timber, fish, and edib ...


The Value of Urban Tree Cover

Forest Service researchers are estimating how much home buyers are willing to spend for greater neighborhood tree cover; and, the results for ho ...


Last updated on : 09/15/2021