Talk on Forest Economics

June 11, 2019 - 6:00 PM
North Coast Recreation District Building
36155 9th St
Nehalem, OR 97321
North Coast Citizens for Watershed Protection

 Heavily clearcut Jetty Creek watershed, source of Rockaway's water supply.\Photo by Shane Anderson.
Heavily clearcut Jetty Creek watershed, source of Rockaway's water supply.\Photo by Shane Anderson.

Economist Ernie Niemi will discuss “Big Timber and You: The Economics Made Easy” on Tuesday, June 11, 6 p.m. at the North Coast Recreation District headquarters (36155 9th St.) in Nehalem.  His presentation is sponsored by North Coast Citizens for Watershed Protection as part of their “Speaking Truth to Power” series.  Doors open at 5:30 for light refreshments and “tree-hugging” music from singer-songwriter Brandon Tigner.  The event is free and open to all.

Niemi will explain how Big Timber currently extracts wealth from households and communities, 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 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.  Niemi also has taught cost-benefit analysis and economic development for the University of Oregon’s Department of Planning, Public Policy, and Management, and taught high-school science as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uganda.

Niemi’s analyses have addressed resource-management programs for water quantity, quality, and reliability; economic security for at-risk human communities; conservation of at-risk fish, wildlife, and plant species; management of natural-resource risks; adaptation of households, businesses, and communities to expected changes in climate; management of public lands and waters; diversion of surface and ground water for irrigation, livestock, domestic, and municipal-industrial uses; maintenance or enhancement of in-stream flows; water conservation; forest restoration; and floodplain management.

Niemi’s education includes a Master's degree in City and Regional Planning from Harvard University (1978) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Oregon (1970).