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Robert G. Haight

People and Their Environments: Social Science Supporting Natural Resource Management and Policy
Research Forester
1992 Folwell Ave
St. Paul, MN 55108
Phone: 651-649-5178


Current Research

I am a native Californian who became interested in forestry and resource management while attending the University of California, Berkeley. My early experiences in northern California as a logger for a large forest products company and a silviculturist for the Plumas National Forest shaped my interest in public resource management policy and economics, and I earned a Ph.D. in forest management from Oregon State University in 1985. Since joining Forest Service Research in 1987, I have studied public policy issues involving the economics of wildlife protection, metropolitan open space protection, wildfire management, and invasive species management. My approach is to build models of resource management problems and use simulation and optimization methods to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative policies.

Research Interests

I am interested in the optimal control of invasive species and beginning to build and analyze models to help allocate scarce resources among the four invasive species management strategies: prevention, detection, control, and rehabilitation. I am aware of the inherent uncertainties of the invasion process and have promising ideas about how to model this uncertainty and measure its effects on resource allocation strategies.

Why This Research is Important

My work is important because public resource managers allocate significant resources to protect endangered species, open space, and forests from unwanted disturbances associated with urban development, wildfire, and invasive species. My work provides information to decision makers about the benefits and costs of alternative protection strategies.

Education

  • Oregon State University, Ph.D. Forest Management, 1985
  • University of California, B.S. Forestry, 1978

Professional Organizations

  • Society of American Foresters
  • Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences

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National Research Highlights

HighlightTitleYear


NRS-2012-05
Balanced Approach to Surveillance Reduces the Costs of Invasive Species Detection and Control

New planning tool helps organizations make decisions on where and how much money to spend on invasive pests detection programs

2012


NRS-2010-008
Cost of Potential Emerald Ash Borer Damage to United States Communities for 2009-2019

Emerald ash borer (EAB), a nonnative invasive bark boring beetle discovered near Detroit, MI, and Windsor, Ontario, in 2002, is now found in fou ...

2010


NRS-2012-18
Feedbacks Through the Land Market Affect Success of Open Space Conservation Policy

A new planning tool helps decide which land parcels to save

2012


NRS-2013-067
Improving the Deployment of Wildland Fire Suppression Resources

While managers typically aim to minimize the number of escaped fires, they have limited funds to acquire suppression resources or construct oper ...

2013


NRS-2011-13
Non-native Forest Pathogens Cost Homeowners Millions of Dollars Annually

Two big killers of residential trees--the oak wilt pathogen in the East and the sudden oak death (SOD) pathogen in the West cost homeowners mill ...

2011


NRS-2013-068
Protecting Habitat for Bats in the Face of Development Pressure

Wildlife managers and planners make their best estimates of where to purchase or acquire conservation easements on areas for habitat protection ...

2013


NRS-2013-070
The Value of Urban Tree Cover

Forest Service researchers are estimating how much home buyers are willing to spend for greater neighborhood tree cover; and, the results for ho ...

2013


Last updated on : 09/26/2014