We explore the interactions of humans with natural resources in order to inform policy and improve management of forests and rangelands.
We create knowledge of the effectiveness, efficiency, and fairness of government policies, management, decision making processes, and programs. We help policymakers, managers, and the public understand the variety of available options and the ways people interact with and manage natural resources.
Improve knowledge of fundamental social and economic processes and their interactions with the natural environment
Examine roles of policies, programs, and other institutions in interactions between people and natural resources
Describe and analyze the implications of changing demographics, socioeconomics, and technology on natural resources and their management
Describe the capacity of dynamic landscapes to provide for evolving human wants and needs
Conduct and use integrated multidisciplinary research to support development of management approaches that account for interactions among socioeconomic, ecological, and physical factors
Our researchers work from Alaska, Washington, and Oregon to improve understanding of the effectiveness, efficiency, and fairness of government policies, management, decision-making processes, and programs. We examine how socioeconomic factors (such as income, population, technology) and social characteristics (such as traditions and beliefs) influence perceptions and values, with a focus on their resulting impacts on recreation, forest and range management, and economic opportunities in rural places.