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San Jacinto Peak

Jose J. Sanchez

Research Economist
4955 Canyon Crest Drive
United States

Phone: 951-680-1560
Fax: 951-680-1501
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Current Research

My research interest is the valuation of forest ecosystem services and how those values are impacted by changes in vegetation due to natural/man-made disturbances and/or changes in climate conditions. Current research focuses on the economic values people and communities derive from forests, such as recreation, water quality and quantity, and carbon sequestration. Other research interests are fire economics (efficient management of wildfire prevention and suppression efforts) and understanding the social and economic barriers of underrepresented communities to outdoor recreation.

Research Interests

Non-market valuation of ecosystem services
Fire economics
Outdoor recreation


  • University of California, Riverside, Ph.D. Environmental Sciences 2014
  • Washington State University, M.S. Statistics 2004
  • University of California, Irvine, B.A. Economics 2002

Professional Organizations

  • Western Forest Economists, Member (2016 - Current)
  • International Association of Wildland Fire, Member (2015 - Current)
  • IUFRO Working Group 9.04.03 (Ecological Economics), Deputy Coordinator (2014 - Current)
    Involvement includes membership and outreach, development of newsletters, providing and discussing ideas for possible meeting topics for IUFRO sponsor conferences.
  • Association of Environmental and Applied Economics (AERE), Member (2010 - Current)
  • American Geophysical Union, Member (2017 - 2020)

Awards & Recognition

  • USDA Forest Service National Middle Leader Program Certificate, 2018
    Intensive four month leadership program for emerging leaders within the Forest Service.
  • USDA Forest Service Regional Forester’s Award 2018 for Healthy Workplace/Work Force, 2018
    Cultural Transformation Diversity & Inclusion (Middle Leader Program Cadre, Team Award). In recognition of substantial contributions for the Harassment-Free Work Environment-Bystander Intervention Training
  • USDA Forest Service PSW Certificate of Appreciation 2018 for workplace improvement, 2018
    Co-lead the Bystander Intervention Training at PSW Research Station.
  • USDA Forest Service Pathways Program Scholar, 2013

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Research Highlights


Benefits and Losses of Wildfires on the San Jacinto Wilderness

Forest Service scientists discovered that recently burned landscapes are attractive to forest recreationalists. This information can help fire m ...


Last updated on : 09/29/2021