Research

Biomass Utilization Research

  • Biomass Utilization Research
    Biomass utilization offers hopes of restoring forests to a healthy ecological state, providing critical employment and economics benefits to rural communities, and is increasingly seen as a viable option for greenhouse gas mitigation strategies and renewable energy generation.
  • Systems Analysis of Policy Instruments for Bioenergy Development
    This research takes a systems approach to policy evaluation in which theoretical aspects of policy design and implementation are investigated in the context of forest planning, bioenergy development, ecosystem services, and carbon markets.
  • Carbon Analysis
    Carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas mitigation is increasingly an important topic for forest policy. This research examines the impact of different carbon mitigation policy strategies including forestation, bioenergy development, and forest land management activities.

Natural Resource Governance

  • Governance of Natural Resource Policies and Programs
    This research examines how to better characterize and evaluate the economic, institutional, and legal arrangements that support sustainable natural resource management and environmental stewardship in the US. 
  • Environmental Review and Impact Analysis
    This research includes development of assessment tools, review of institutional structures guiding review processes, and state procedures and practices for conducting environmental review.
  • Stakeholder Participation, Agency Decision Making, and Watershed Management
    This research examines the benefits of stakeholder engagement from a variety of perspectives, barriers to their participation, and institutional arrangements necessary.

Private Forest Land Management

  • Family Forest Land Certification
    This research evaluates Minnesota family forest landowner attitudes toward forest land certification; Minnesota logger attitudes toward logger certification; and the likelihood that the state’s family forest owners will choose to certify their forest land.
  • Forest Land Parcelization
    This research uses tax records to quantify the extent and location of forest parcelization activity and the relationship between parcelization and development in a largely forested northern Minnesota county.
  • Financial Incentives to Encourage Forest Stewardship
    This research examines two important and popular public policy approaches, financial incentives and tax policies, to evaluate the influence each has on forest stewardship.
  • Recreational Access to Private Lands
    This research examines what drives forest landowners to post their property to prohibit public access and what value these owners place on having exclusive recreation rights to their forest land.

Forest Land Values

  • Forest Land Values and Market Trends
    This research examines how forest land real estate markets implicitly price the various goods and services provided by forests and assessed important forest land market trends and their associated implications.
  • Economics of Forest Land Management
    This research examines various economic aspects of forest land management.

Forest Practices

  • Best Practices of Forestry
    This research examines various policy questions surrounding the development, implementation, and effectiveness of state forestry guidelines.
  • Regulation of Forestry Practices
    National reviews of state forest regulatory programs to better understand their structure, administration, and effectiveness in achieving forest stewardship objectives.