United States Department of Agriculture
I am currently the Program Manager for the Goods, Services and Values program, a social science program of the Pacific Northwest Research Station that is based in the Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory in Seattle.The mission of my program is to conduct and communicate research to advance understanding of relationships among people and forest and rangeland ecosystems. We examine how the public perceives and values ecological functions, goods, and services, and how these factors influence people’s use and management of landscapes. This includes examining how socioeconomic factors, such as income, population, and 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. The goal in undertaking this research is to improve understanding about the effectiveness, efficiency, and fairness of government policies, management, decision-making processes, and programs by helping policymakers, managers, and the public understand the variety of available options and the ways we interact with and manage natural resources.Research in the Goods, Services, and Values program is conducted under 6 main themes: (1) urban ecosytems, (2) community resilience, (3) outdoor recreation, (4) landscape planning and management, (5) forest products and (6) ecosystem services.
The program's research work fulfills societal needs for information to facilitate natural resource management. We help address complex issues like climate change and wildland fire by including human perspectives on adaptation and mitigation efforts for forests and rangelands. Our work helps land managers and policymakers anticipate people’s responses to changing management strategies by examining how people value landscapes and adapt to change, by improving methods to characterize the goods and services that landscapes produce, and by describing people’s expectations of ecosystems across an urban-to-wildland continuum. Although future human-ecosystem relationships cannot be predicted with certainty, our work can help policymakers and managers prepare for changing societal expectations by identifying a range of management options that will allow them to anticipate and respond to emerging natural resource management challenges.
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