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NR 643

Economics of Forestry







Instructor: Dr. Shadi Atallah

Learning Outcomes:

In this course, students learn tools to make economic decisions about forest natural resource management. The class meets three times a week: two lectures and one hands-on computer lab. At the end of the course, students can gather data to answer questions such as: 


At the land parcel level:

- Which makes more economic sense to grow in my land: Christmas trees or mixed hardwood trees?


At the community level:

- Should Rockingham County complex switch from oil and diesel boilers to a wood chip boiler?


At the state level:

- What is the effect of increasing timber management on recreation in the Bear Brook State Park?


At the regional level:

- What is the economic viability of growing low-density white pine in New England?


At the national level:

- What are the costs and benefits of controlling the Emerald Ash Borer in the U.S.?


At the international level:

- What policies can change the incentives to harvest mahogany in Peru illegally?