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Jeff Kline

Jeffrey D. Kline

Research Forester and Team Leader
USDA Forest Service, PNW Research Station
3200 SW Jefferson Way
United States

Phone: 541-758-7776
Fax: 541-750-7329
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Current Research

My current research is focused on evaluating tradeoffs in public land management, modeling fine-scaled land use and the effects of land-use policies, and understanding private landowner behavior concerning their wildfire risk mitigation and climate change adaptation activities.

Research Interests

Land use change, policy, and development, ecosystem services and public land management, open space conservation.

Past Research

My past research has examined a variety of issues, including the effects of development on private forestry, private forest landowner response to financial incentives, and public perceptions and preferences for farmland preservation.

Why This Research is Important

Development of forest and other open space lands is inevitable. As these lands become more scarce, it becomes all the more important to ensure that they are managed in a manner that best provides the benefits that people desire from undeveloped landscapes, whether they be water, recreation, habitat, natural resource commodities, or other benefits. My work contributes to this goal by characterizing rates and patterns of forest and open space loss to development and examining ways in which people value and benefit from remaining forest and open space lands.


  • University of Rhode Island, Ph.D. Environmental and Natural Resource Economics 1996
  • University of New Hampshire, M.S. Resource Administration and Management 1988
  • Pennsylvania State University, B.S. Environmental Resource Management 1984
  • Paul Smiths College, A.A.S. Forest Technology 1981

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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 ...


Estimating the Value of Carbon Sequestration by U.S. Forests Through 2050

A special issue in the journal Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, included the latest research by USDA Forest Service scientists and th ...


Fire as a tool

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


Forest Mapping Study Helps Identify Regions with Multiple Threat Potential, Including Wildfires

Policymakers and land managers can use the maps to identify locations where particular threats may be more concentrated relative to others and t ...


Managing for Ecosystem Services on Public Land

New report provides an overview of how national forests can address ecosystem services and tradeoffs associated with forest management plans and ...


Nonindustrial Private Forestland Owners Consider Fuel Conditions and Past Wildfire Occurrence in Their Risk Mitigation Decisions

A new landscape simulation model informs forest planning processes.


Potential Land Use and Forest Management Implications for a Carbon-offset Incentive Program

A new Forest Service study describes the potential implications for land use and management if a program where a forest owner could sell carbon ...


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 ...


Timber and Habitat Tradeoffs Associated with Managing West Cascades Forests to Increase Carbon Storage

A new analysis describes potential timber and wildlife habitat outcomes that could result from national forest policies and management intended ...


Last updated on : 06/07/2021