Theodore Howard

Phone: (603) 862-2700
Office: COLSA Dean's Office, Rudman Hall, Durham, NH 03824

My research focuses on practical forest management and forestry economics issues of New England and Atlantic Canada. I am specifically interested in economic and ecological outcomes of silviculture in northern hardwoods and how to help landowners make better decisions about managing these stands. In addition, I collaborate with colleagues in Japan and France on forest management and economics questions. One consequence of this international work is that I am marginally proficient in Japanese and French.

I teach Forest Management, the capstone course for the Forestry program. With permission of the student's academic advisor, Forest Management may serve as the capstone course in other NREN programs. There is also a graduate level offering of that course.

Faculty Award Winner

Award Type:  COLSA Outstanding Advisor Award
Year:  2010


  • Ph.D., Forest Management, Oregon State University
  • M.F., Forestry, Duke University
  • B.S., Natural Resources/Forestry, University of Maine

Courses Taught

  • NR 643: Economics of Forestry
  • NR 745/845: Forest Management

Selected Publications

Orefice, J., Smith, R. G., Carroll, J., Asbjornsen, H., & Howard, T. (2019). Forage productivity and profitability in newly-established open pasture, silvopasture, and thinned forest production systems. Agroforestry Systems, 93(1), 51-65. doi:10.1007/s10457-016-0052-7

Smith, M., Aber, J., & Howard, T. (2017). Case Study: Economic viability of producing animal bedding from low quality and small diameter trees using a wood shaving machine. The Professional Animal Scientist, 33, 771-779.

Sinacore, K., & Howard, T. (2015). Toward Understanding Economic and Ecological Outcomes of Selection Silviculture of Northern Hardwoods in New England. Journal of Sustainable Forestry, 34(4), 319-342. doi:10.1080/10549811.2015.1005846

Roxby, G. E., Howard, T. E., & Lee, T. D. (2015). Effects of Whole-Tree Harvesting on Species Composition of Tree and Understory Communities in a Northern Hardwood Forest. Open Journal of Forestry, 05(02), 235-253. doi:10.4236/ojf.2015.52021

Kant, S., Wang, S., Deegen, P., Hostettler, M., von Detten, R., Howard, T., . . . Zhang, D. (2013). New frontiers of forest economics. Forest Policy and Economics, 35, 1-8. doi:10.1016/j.forpol.2013.06.002

Roxby, G. E., & Howard, T. E. (2013). Whole-tree harvesting and site productivity: Twenty-nine northern hardwood sites in central New Hampshire and western Maine. Forest Ecology and Management, 293, 114-121. doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2012.12.046

Cottle, M. A., & Howard, T. E. (2012). Conflict management and community support for conservation in the Northern Forest: Case studies from Maine. Forest Policy and Economics, 20, 66-71. doi:10.1016/j.forpol.2012.01.015

Sugimura, K., & Howard, T. E. (2011). Development of a Forest Network System to Improve the Zoning Process: A Case Study in Japan. In LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY IN FOREST MANAGEMENT AND CONSERVATION: CHALLENGES AND SOLUTIONS FOR GLOBAL CHANGE (pp. 252-272). Retrieved from

Sugimura, K., & Howard, T. E. (2008). Incorporating social factors to improve the Japanese forest zoning process. Forest Policy and Economics, 10(3), 161-173. doi:10.1016/j.forpol.2007.08.005

Davis, L. S., Johnson, K. N., Bettinger, P., & Howard, T. E. (2001). Forest Management: To Sustain Ecological, Economic, and Social Values (4th ed.). McGraw-Hill.