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Eric White

Eric M. White

Research Social Scientist
3625 93rd Ave. SW
United States

Phone: 360-753-7684
Fax: 360-753-7737
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Current Research

My current research is focused on social and economic outcomes from forest collaboration and accelerated restoration, recreation use on public lands and the economic effects on local communities, and the ecological and social outcomes from collaborative natural resource management across landscapes of public and private ownership.

Research Interests

I am intereseted in research that contributes to better understanding of 1) how resource management, including collaborative efforts, influences the supply of ecosystem goods and services from landscapes, 2) how people and industries use ecosystem goods and services, and 3) how that use affects the well-being of human communities and individuals.


  • Michigan State University, Ph.D. Natural Resource Policy and Economics
  • Southern Illinois University, M.S. Forestry
  • Southern Illinois University, B.S. Forestry

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor (Senior Research), College of Forestry, Oregon State University
    2011 - 2015
  • Research Associate, College of Forestry, Oregon State University
    2009 - 2010
  • Research Economist (Post-Doc), Pacific Northwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service
    2005 - 2009

Featured Publications & Products


Citations of non US Forest Service Publications

  • Haim, D., E.M. White, and R.J. Alig. (in press) Agriculture afforestation for carbon sequestration under carbon markets in the United States: Leakage behavior from regional allowance programs. Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy

    Haim, D., D. Adams, and E.M. White. (in press). Determinants of demand for wood products markets in the U.S. construction sector: an econometric analysis of a system of demand equations. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 44(10): 1216-1227.

    T.A. Spies, E.M. White, J.D. Kline, A.P. Fisher, A. Ager, J. Bolte, J. Koch, E.K. Platt, C. Olsen, D.B. Jacobs, B. Shindler, M. Steen-Adams, and R. Hammer. (2014). Examining fire-prone forest landscapes as coupled human and natural systems. Ecology and Society 19(3): 9.

    Haim, D., E.M. White, and R.J. Alig. (2014). Permanence of agriculture afforestation for carbon sequestration under stylized carbon markets in the United States. Forest Policy and Economics 41: 12-21. 

    Rosenberger, R., L. Bell, P. Champ, and E.M. White. (2013). Using benefit transfer to estimate the economic value of recreation losses in Rocky Mountain National Park due to mountain pine beetle outbreak. Western Economics Forum. 12(1): 31-39.

    White, E.M., G. Latta, R. Alig, K. Skog, and D.M. Adams. (2013). Biomass production from the U.S. Forest and Agriculture sectors in support of a renewable electricity standard. Energy Policy. 58: 64-74. 

    Fischer, A.P., A. Korejwa, J. Koch., T. Spies, C. Olsen, E.M. White, and D. Jacobs. (2012). Using the Forest, People, Fire agent-based social network model to investigate interactions in social-ecological systems. Practicing Anthropology. 35(1): 8-13 

    Adams, D.M., R.J. Alig, G.S. Latta, and E.M. White (2011). Regional impacts of a program for forest carbon offset sales. Journal of Forestry. 109(8): 444-453. 

    Kline, J.D., R.S. Rosenberger, and E.M. White (2011). A national assessment of physical activity on US national forests. Journal of Forestry 109(6): 343 – 353. 

    Latta, G.S., D.M. Adams, R.J. Alig, and E.M. White (2011). Simulated effects of mandatory versus voluntary forest carbon offset markets in the United States. Journal of Forest Economics. 17(2): 127 –141. 

    White, E.M., R.J. Alig, and S.M. Stein. (2010). Socio-economic changes and forestland development: Commonalities and distinctions between the eastern and western USA. Journal of Forestry 108(7): 329 – 337. 

    White, E.M., A.T. Morzillo, and R.J. Alig. (2009). Past and projected rural land conversion in the US at state, regional, and national levels. Landscape and Urban Planning 89(2009): 37 – 48. 

    White, E.M. and D.J. Stynes. (2008). National forest visitor spending averages and the influence of trip-type and recreation activity. Journal of Forestry 116(1): 17 – 24.

Research Highlights


Challenges in coordinating wildfire risk reduction among diverse forest owners

Research across a multi-owner landscape in central Oregon found that in general, Forest Service management was likely to produce forest conditio ...


Communities, economies, and the Northwest Forest Plan: 24 years later

Social and economic conditions in rural communities have changed since the Northwest Forest Plan was enacted in 1994. A synthesis of research ex ...


Economic Benefits Associated with Federal Forest Restoration

Federal forest restoration and forest collaboration support increased economic activity in eastern Oregon. The Oregon Department of Forestry use ...


Fire as a tool

Landscape-scale forest restoration programs that incorporate managed wildfire and prescribed fire lead to more pronounced reductions in fire sev ...


Revealing the economic benefits of outdoor recreation in national forests

Forest Service research provides updated data and technical guidance for computing the economic benefits of recreation at national, regional, an ...


Supplementing Recreation Monitoring with Social Media Data

Social media data can augment existing recreation monitoring programs to provide finer resolution estimates of recreation use. USDA Forest Servi ...


The Effects of Landscape Restoration Strategies on Fire and Ecosystem Services Vary with Rate of Treatment in a Fire-prone Multi-ownership Region

The results and the landscape modeling tool are being used by the Deschutes National Forest and the Deschutes Collaborative Forest Landscape Res ...


Wilderness areas contribute to economic health of rural communities

Forest Service scientists Tom Holmes and Eric White collaborated with Evan Hjerpe of the Conservation Economics Institute to estimate the econom ...


Last updated on : 09/28/2020