Ecology and Management of Invasive Species and Forest Ecosystems

Economics and Engineering

All forest management actions have economic and ecological costs and benefits. Our research examines these costs and benefits, including the economics of using invasive plant biomass for energy production; as well as costs and benefits of retaining patches of mature trees at harvest sites and of streamside management protection options for different stand types and logging technologies. Management and harvesting technologies have become increasingly mechanized. We examine the effects of mechanized equipment on conditions of the site, soil disturbance and compaction, and costs and productivity.