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September 2015

Check out this article that many of us at EWP have worked on over the last year, "Re-envisioning community-wildfire relations in the U.S. West as adaptive governance," just published in Ecology and Society, an open-access journal (article is free to download):

This was part of the Wildfire Resilience project

July 2015

We are hiring!!

EWP is looking to fill a primarily quantitative social science Faculty Research Associate position. Please see the full job description here!

June 2015

New working paper, #56: Community Experiences with Wildfire: Actions, Effectiveness, Impacts, and Trends. This paper reports the results of 2 surveys with county official and community leaders in communities recently affected by large wildfires.

May 2015

We recently gave a webinar on our Drivers of Wildfire Suppression Costs synthesis (WP#53, download here). The webinar was recorded, and can be viewed on YouTube here.

New working paper #55: Social and Economic Monitoring for the Lakeview Stewardship Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project.

March, 2015

We have four new fact sheets and one new working paper just out!
Fact sheets:
All of our publications are available at: EWP Publications

February, 2015

We have TWO more new working papers just released! Check them out:

February, 2015

New publications! Check out Briefing Paper #61: "The Effectiveness of Biomass Policies in Supporting Business Investments in Oregon: Preliminary Results," and Working Paper #52: "Socioeconomic Monitoring Plan for the U.S. Forest Service's Eastside Restoration Efforts." Several additional publications will be out in the very near future as well- stay tuned!

November, 2014

We are happy to welcome the newest member of our team, Research Associate R. Patrick Bixler. Patrick’s interests are in the ways that networks and relationships facilitate conservation efforts and link local actions to landscape-level outcomes. He will be working on projects at EWP that focus on the intersection of ecology, economy, and governance across a range of issues relevant to forest disturbance and western public lands management. This includes projects on wildfire suppression, bark beetle infestations, and collaboration. Patrick completed his PhD in Environmental Sociology at Colorado State University and was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Pinchot Institute for Conservation in Washington DC before joining us over here in Eugene. Welcome Patrick!

September, 2014

We have released six new publications from our Community Wildfire Resilience research project: 1 working paper, 2 briefing papers, and 3 fact sheets. Find publications and read more on the project webpage.

Research assistant/ associate open pool:

Our research assistant/ associate pool for positions at the Institute for a Sustainable Environment is open through next year. The purpose of the announcement is to identify highly motivated researchers from a variety of social and social science disciplines interested in joining the Institute for a Sustainable Environment to assist with or lead nationally-relevant natural resource, environmental, and sustainability research. The posting can be viewed here. We hope to hear from you!

March, 2014

EWP releases final products from the Dry Forest Zone project: Working Paper # 48: Stewarding Forests and Communities: The Final Report of the Dry Forest Zone Project, and the final map packet of 2014 conditions in the Dry Forest Zone. Additional information about this project can be found on the project page.

EWP has also just released Working Paper #47: Evaluating the Integrated Resource Restoration Line Item: Results from Phase I which presents a third-party review of the Integrated Resource Restoration (IRR) budgetary approach that has been implemented on a pilot basis for three years in USFS Regions 1, 3, and 4.

To browse all of EWP's publications, visit our publications page.

February 28, 2014

EWP releases 3 new publications: 1 working paper and 2 briefing papers! Working Paper #46: The Impacts of the Woody Biomass Utilization Grant Program in Eastern Oregon and Eastern Arizona examines the impacts and outcomes of a biomass grant program in two rural areas. Briefing Paper #53: Impacts of the Woody Biomass Utilization Grant Program in Eastern Oregon summarizes the findings from this research for the Eastern Oregon area. And Briefing Paper 54: Surveys Find Support for EWEB's Voluntary Incentives Program reports the results of surveys sent to both landowners in the McKenzie River Watershed and water utility users whose drinking water comes from the McKenzie River, to gauge the willingness of customers and landowners participation in a program that would pay landowners to maintain healthy riparian forests. To browse all of EWP's publications, visit our publications page.

January 6, 2014

EWP releases Working Paper #45: Impacts of the Biomass Producer or Collector Tax Credit on Oregon's Wood Fuels Market and Economy: Update and Alternate Scenario Consideration. This paper updates & brings new considerations to our previous research (WP #32) on the impacts of a biomass tax credit on Oregon's economy and markets. To browse all of EWP's publications, visit our publications page

August 15, 2013

EWP releases its second state restoration calculator: The "Economic Impacts of Restoration Calculator for Montana Counties." With the calculator, any agency or organization in Montana can understand the local economic activity resulting from forest and watershed restoration projects in their state, including predicted employment, wages, and overall impact. Check out our calculators–and many other tools for the restoration economy–on our restoration tools page.

August 6, 2013

EWP releases Working Paper #44–Forest and Watershed Restoration in Linn County, Oregon: Economic Impacts, Trends, and Recommendations, which provides the results of an ecosystem workforce assessment for the Sweet Home All-Lands Collaborative (SHALC), examines trends in restoration activity, and offers a series of recommendations to increase the impacts of restoration work in the area.

May 13, 2013

EWP releases 4 briefing papers for one of its "payments for ecosystem services" (PES) projects:

BP 49: Barriers and Preferences for Landowner Participation in Conservation Programs in the Interior Northwest

BP 50: The Money Doesn't Deliver Itself: The Importance of Intermediaries in Ecosystem Services Programs

BP 51: From Postage Stamp to Puzzle Piece: Conservation Easement Strategy in the Interior Northwest

BP 52: Eco-labels on the Range and in the Forests of the Interior Northwest

This project looks at how family forest and ranch owners are prospering from protecting and enhancing ecosystem services on their land. Learn more about the project here. Go to publications to browse all of EWP's working and briefing papers.

February 26, 2013

EWP releases the 2013 Dry Forest Investment Zone Map Packet (7.6mb). The maps look at current conditions in the DFZ including collaborative groups, the community capacity and land stewardship program, rural development and cooperative program spending, stewardship contracting acres treated, contracts for restoration-related work, unemployment rate and trends, the wood-to-energy market, and more. For more information on the Dry Forest Zone, visit the project page.

December 6, 2012

EWP releases the final products for its "Economic Impacts of Large Wildfires" project. The project analyzes the effects of large wildfires on local labor markets and examines how fire suppression spending may mediate these effects. The main findings and all products (5 working papers and 5 briefing papers) can be found on the project page here.

November 26, 2012

EWP is seeking a full-time post-doctoral scholar in biomass and natural resource policy. This scholar will conduct research on two interdisciplinary woody biomass energy policy studies as well as other natural resource policy projects. Requires Ph.D. in a social science field such as natural resource social science, economics, geography, political science, anthropology, or other related field; and excellent writing skills and high English proficiency. Prefer scholar with research interests and experience in applied policy analysis and natural resource social science; general statistical skills; and proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese. Application review will begin Jan 1, 2013. For additional information or to apply visit the UO Jobs page

September 12, 2012

EWP releases Briefing Paper #44: Economic Effects of Large Fires: Application to the Cold Springs Fire (10.6mb), which describes the suppression spending and employment impacts of the Cold Springs wildfire and other fires in southern Washington.

September 7, 2012

EWP releases Working Paper #40: Federal Investments in Natural Resource-Based Economic Development in Oregon, which analyzes USDA Forest Service and Rural Development investments in the state in recent years. Go to publications to browse all of EWP's working and briefing papers.

September 7, 2012

EWP releases two studies about community-based organizations in natural resource management. Working Paper #39: Community-Based Natural Resource Management in Oregon: a Profile of Organizational Capacity describes the financial, human, and partnership capacities of these groups; and Working Paper #38: The Social and Livelihood Benefits of USDA Forest Service Agreements with Community-Based Organizations examines the benefits that community-based organizations can create when working with the Forest Service. Go to publications to browse all of EWP's working and briefing papers.

September 7, 2012

EWP releases Economic Development and Sustainable Forest Stewardship in the Dry Forest Zone: a Mid-Term Report, which examines the impacts and accomplishments of the Dry Forest Zone project at its halfway point. Go to our Dry Forest Zone page to learn more about this project.

June 29, 2012

EWP releases three new resources to help integrate social and economic benefits into ecological restoration on public lands. Developing Socioeconomic Performance Measures Related to the Watershed Condition Framework outlines strategies for developing new social and economic performance measures related to the Forest Service's Watershed Condition Framework and restoration on public lands more generally. Two Quick Guides provide strategies for enhancing collaboration and local economic benefit from restoration work: A Quick Guide for Incorporating Collaboration into the Watershed Condition Framework; and A Quick Guide for Creating High-Quality Jobs Through Restoration on National Forests.

Find all three publications along with several briefing papers summarizing our findings on our socioeconomic benefits page. Go to publications to browse all of EWP's working and briefing papers.

April 13, 2012

EWP releases Working Paper 34: The Economic Impacts of Oregon's South Coast Restoration Industry. This study examines forest and watershed restoration activity on Oregon's South Coast, and suggests ways to increase community benefits and business capacity. Go to publications to browse all of EWP's working and briefing papers.

December 7, 2011

EWP releases Working Paper 32: Impacts of the Biomass Producer or Collector Tax Credit on Oregon's Wood Fuels Market and Economy, which suggests that a state tax credit to facilitate biomass utilization has helped support Oregon jobs and a competitive wood fuels market. Go to publications to browse all of EWP's working and briefing papers.

November 17, 2011

EWP releases Working Paper 33: Fire science needs in the Pacific Northwest, which describes fire science use and delivery needs in the diverse community of wildfire managers and practitioners. Go to publications to browse all of EWP's working and briefing papers.

October 25, 2011

EWP releases Briefing Paper 33: Impacts of the Biomass Producer or Collector Tax Credit on Oregon's Wood Fuels Market and Economy. Go to publications to browse all of EWP's working and briefing papers.

September 13, 2011

EWP releases two working papers: Working Paper 30: The Lost Summer: Community Experiences of Large Wildfires in Trinity County, California and Working Paper 31: Fire Suppression Costs and Impacts of the 2008 Wildfires in Trinity County, California present results of a case study on the economic impacts of wildfires on rural communities. Go to publications to browse all of EWP's working and briefing papers.

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