Founded in 1994, the Ecosystem Workforce Program was created to help lead the rural Pacific Northwest into the age of ecosystem management--management for healthy communities and healthy environments. The EWP believes that, by creating high skill forest and watershed jobs that enable people to work near their homes, we will establish a structure for long term resource stewardship. Our goal is to demonstrate the linkages between a quality workforce, a healthy economy, healthy community, and effective management for forest ecosystems.

For more information, visit the web site at: http://ewp.uoregon.edu/

Recent Submissions

  • Iconic places of the US Forest Service : conditions and concerns 

    Ellison, Autumn; Johnduff, Michael (Ecosystem Workforce Program, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, University of Oregon, 2017)
    The US Forest Service manages over 7 million acres of areas protected either by Congress through legislation or by the Executive Branch via proclamation under the authority of the Antiquities Act. These sites are singled ...
  • Rangeland fire protection associations : an alternative model of wildfire response 

    Davis, Emily Jane; Abrams, Jesse; Wollstein, Katherine; Meacham, James E.; Steingisser, Alethea Y., 1970-; Cerveny, Lee K. (Ecosystem Workforce Program, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, University of Oregon, 2017)
    Wildfires are growing in size, frequency, and severity across rangelands in the U.S. West. Although fire is a natural component of sagebrush steppe ecosystems, it can also threaten values such as sage-grouse habitat, ...
  • NEPA for the 21st century : linking research to management 

    Huber-Stearns, Heidi; Acton, Mariah (Ecosystem Workforce Program, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, University of Oregon, 2017)
    In response to growing concerns around the management and implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Pacific Northwest Research Station and Ecosystem Management Coordination in the Washington ...
  • The effect of state and federal policies on biomass business investments in Wisconsin 

    Becker, Dennis R.; Abrams, Jesse; Fenster, Emily; Kudrna, Jordan; Smith, Timothy M.; Moseley, Cassandra (Ecosystem Workforce Program, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, University of Oregon, 2017)
    Wood-based biomass energy plays a key role in Wisconsin’s wood products economy and in the state’s commitment to renewable energy. The state has developed numerous policies and programs to support biomass energy harvesting, ...
  • The effect of state and federal policies on biomass business investments in Washington 

    Becker, Dennis R.; Abrams, Jesse; Fenster, Emily; Kudrna, Jordan; Smith, Timothy M.; Moseley, Cassandra (Ecosystem Workforce Program, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, University of Oregon, 2017)
    Wood-based biomass energy plays a key role in Washington’s wood products economy and in the state’s commitment to renewable energy. The state has developed numerous policies and programs to support biomass energy harvesting, ...
  • The effect of state and federal policies on biomass business investments in Oregon 

    Becker, Dennis R.; Abrams, Jesse; Fenster, Emily; Kudrna, Jordan; Smith, Timothy M.; Moseley, Cassandra (Ecosystem Workforce Program, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, University of Oregon, 2017)
    Wood-based biomass energy plays a key role in Oregon’s wood products economy and in the state’s commitment to renewable energy. The state has developed numerous policies and programs to support biomass energy harvesting, ...
  • The effect of state and federal policies on biomass business investments in Minnesota 

    Becker, Dennis R.; Abrams, Jesse; Fenster, Emily; Kudrna, Jordan; Smith, Timothy M.; Moseley, Cassandra (Ecosystem Workforce Program, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, University of Oregon, 2017)
    Wood-based biomass energy plays a key role in Minnesota’s wood products economy and in the state’s commitment to renewable energy. The state has developed numerous policies and programs to support biomass energy harvesting, ...
  • The effect of state and federal policies on biomass business investments in Michigan 

    Becker, Dennis R.; Abrams, Jesse; Fenster, Emily; Kudrna, Jordan; Smith, Timothy M.; Moseley, Cassandra (Ecosystem Workforce Program, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, University of Oregon, 2017)
    Wood-based biomass energy plays a key role in Michigan’s wood products economy and in the state’s commitment to renewable energy. The state has developed numerous policies and programs to support biomass energy harvesting, ...
  • The effect of state and federal policies on biomass business investments in California 

    Becker, Dennis R.; Abrams, Jesse; Fenster, Emily; Kudrna, Jordan; Smith, Timothy M.; Moseley, Cassandra (Ecosystem Workforce Program, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, University of Oregon, 2017)
    Wood-based biomass energy plays a key role in California’s wood products economy and in the state’s commitment to renewable energy. The state has developed numerous policies and programs to support biomass energy harvesting, ...
  • A profile of community-based organizations in the U.S. West 

    Abrams, Jesse; Ellison, Autumn; Davis, Emily Jane; Moseley, Cassandra; Nowell, Branda (Ecosystem Workforce Program, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, University of Oregon, 2016)
    Community-based organizations (CBOs) are non-profit organizations based in rural communities that work on both local economic development and natural resource stewardship. CBOs were established in many places across the ...
  • A profile of federal timber purchases in the U.S. West 

    Davis, Emily Jane; Abrams, Jesse (Ecosystem Workforce Program, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, University of Oregon, 2016)
    The US Forest Service primarily engages the private sector through service contracts, stewardship contracts, and timber sales. Both stewardship project and timber sales can generate commercially valuable wood products, ...
  • Profiles of fire suppression contracting businesses 

    Huber-Stearns, Heidi; Ellison, Autumn; Molden, Olivia; Neafie, Jessica; Moseley, Cassandra (Ecosystem Workforce Program, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, University of Oregon, 2016)
    Federal agencies are increasingly relying on contracts to respond to wildfire. Although present since the 1970s, private equipment contractors have come to play an important role following extreme fire seasons in the ...
  • The right resources at the right time : private fire suppression contracting capacity in the West 

    Moseley, Cassandra; Huber-Stearns, Heidi (Ecosystem Workforce Program, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, University of Oregon, 2016)
    As wildfire has grown, a central challenge has been to develop systems to ensure that suppression resources are in the right place at the right time. As federal agencies increasingly depend on private contracting resources, ...
  • Drivers of wildfire suppression costs : a review 

    Ellison, Autumn; Moseley, Cassandra (Ecosystem Workforce Program, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, University of Oregon, 2016)
    As federal spending on wildland fire suppression has increased dramatically in recent decades, significant policymaking has been designed, at least in part, to address and temper rising costs. Effective strategies for ...
  • Cross-trained local capacity for integrated wildfire managment 

    Huber-Stearns, Heidi; Ellison, Autumn; Moseley, Cassandra (Ecosystem Workforce Program, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, University of Oregon, 2016)
    The National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy is a collaborative effort that seeks, in part, to improve multi-jurisdictional coordination of wildfire management and expand local preparedness and response capacity. ...
  • The effects of the Integrated Resource Restoration budget pilot on Forest Service restoration programs : third-party review summary findings 

    Schultz, Courtney A.; Moseley, Cassandra (Ecosystem Workforce Program, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, University of Oregon, 2016)
    In 2012, Congress authorized the Integrated Resource Restoration (IRR) budget line item, which consolidates previously separated budget line items into a single funding stream to support integrated restoration planning ...
  • "Call when needed" : private contracting for wildfire suppression in an unpredictable work environment 

    Huber-Stearns, Heidi; Bixler, R. Patrick (Richard Patrick); Ellison, Autumn; Moseley, Cassandra (Ecosystem Workforce Program, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, University of Oregon, 2015)
    The U.S. Forest Service is facing unprecedented challenges in wildfire suppression, and increasingly depends on resources outside the agency to maintain adequate wildfire response capacity. Reliance on private wildfire ...
  • Using wood to produce energy for U.S. homes and businesses 

    White, Eric M.; Atkins, David; Moseley, Cassandra; Abrams, Jesse; Ellison, Autumn (Ecosystem Workforce Program, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, University of Oregon, 2014)
    Wood is one of the most abundant and versatile renewable energy sources in the United States. Heat and electricity can be generated from low-value woody material such as small trees, tree limbs, brush, and wood waste at ...
  • Understanding the barriers and opportunities for water utility investments in ecosystem services 

    Bennett, Drew E.; Duncan, Sally L.; Lurie, Susan D.; Gosnell, Hannah; Ellison, Autumn (Ecosystem Workforce Program, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, University of Oregon, 2014)
    Water utilities benefit from ecosystem services that improve water quality and moderate stream temperatures, such as the natural filtration and shading services provided by riparian forests. Such benefits have brought ...
  • Engaging businesses in local efforts to protect ecosystem services : barriers and opportunities 

    Bennett, Drew E.; San Filippo, Angela; Parker, Robert, 1960-; Nielsen-Pincus, Max; Moseley, Cassandra; Gosnell, Hannah; Lurie, Susan D.; Duncan, Sally L. (Ecosystem Workforce Program, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, University of Oregon, 2014)
    Payments for ecosystem services (PES) is an emerging conservation strategy that provides economic incentives for the protection of ecosystem services that benefit society, such as the provision of clean air, clean water, ...

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