Talk on Forest Economics

June 10, 2019 - 6:30 PM
Clatsop Community College
1651 Lexington Ave.
Astoria, OR
CREATE, Forest Interest Group

Clearcut in Jetty Creek watershed.\Phone by Trygve Steen.

Economist Ernie Niemi will speak on “Big Timber and You:  The Economics Made Easy,” on Monday, June 10, 6:30 p.m. in Towler Hall, Room 310, at Clatstop Community College (1651 Lexington Ave.) in Astoria.  The talk, free and open to all, is sponsored by Astoria’s CREATE and the Forest Interest Group.

Niemi will explain how Big Timber currently extracts wealth from households and communities, thereby exacerbating our struggles trying to fund education, infrastructure, health programs etc., as well as causing additional harm to Oregonians by contributing to climate change and further diminishing the economic outlook for communities and workers.  

Niemi specializes in applying the principles of cost-benefit analysis, economic valuation, and economic-impact analysis to describe the economic importance of natural resources. He can lay out the monetary value of a standing forest vs. a clearcut.  He formed Natural Resource Economics, Inc. in 2012.  From 1978 to 2012, he managed economic and policy analysis for the consulting firm, ECONorthwest, where he was a co-owner, vice president, and senior economist. 

With questions, call 503-791-0097.