Natural Resources Policy, Values and Economics

Thank you all for participating in the 2018 NRPVE Seminar!

Natural resource management requires knowledge of policy issues, economics and human valuation as much as it requires knowledge of specific natural resources. What are the complex policy factors involved in natural resource management? What is the basic role of economics in the management of natural resources? How are human value systems that underlie policy making and economics integrated into policy decisions? The Natural Resource Policy, Values and Economics Seminar (NRPVE) is designed to answer these questions and enable the natural resource professional to synthesize the concepts learned for use in everyday professional practice.

- 2018 NRPVE registration has ended -

Please email us for any questions for future seminars.
Contact information and general seminar information can be found below.


About the Seminar

The Natural Resource Policy, Values and Economics Seminar (NRPVE) is a workshop that is part of the U.S. Forest Service Continuing Education Program. The course is offered at Portland State University and the University of Georgia on alternating years. The goal of this Continuing Education program is to enhance the productivity and effectiveness of professionals whose work involves or relates to management of rare plants,wildlife, and fish habitats. The Continuing Education Program strives to serve the people who care for the land and is designed to meet the training needs of entry-level and mid-career professionals.

The 3-day program utilizes real-world case studies and interactive exercises to teach concepts to students. Discussion amongst students, professors and guest lecturers on topics related to activities in public lands will assist natural resource professionals to understand and deal with economic and political influences in their agencies.

  • Dates: TBD, 2019 (Held in October in 2018)
  • Location: Portland State University
  • Cost: $1,250.00 (price subject to change in 2019)

About the Instructors

John Loomis PhotoJohn Loomis, PhD.
Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics
Colorade State University

Dr. Loomis received his Ph.D in economics from Colorado State University.  He taught at University of California-Davis for eight years, where he received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor.  He came to Colorado State University as a professor in 1993 and has served full time on the faculty until 2016.  He now works part time for Colorado State University. 

Dr. John Loomis has an international reputation as a scholar in the field of economic valuation of non-marketed natural resources and public lands management. His studies include the economic value of kayaking, T&E species, wetlands, and fishing. He helped to design and implement studies in Australia, Belgium, Chile and China. He has also conducted numerous Benefit-Cost Analyses for city, state and federal agencies.  Dr. Loomis' sustained contribution to the field of agricultural economics was recognized in 2004 with the awarding of the Western Agricultural Economics Association Distinguished Scholar Award. He has three books and 234 scientific journal articles. In 2000 he was elected Vice President, Association of Environmental and Resource Economists.

Dr. Loomis has taught water resource economics, environmental economics, research methods, recreation economics and public land management. He has conducted numerous workshop on non market valuation for state and federal agencies.

Paul Manson PhotoPaul Manson
Senior Research Assistant, Center for Public Service
PhD Candidate, Public Affairs and Policy
Portland State University

Paul Manson is a Senior Research Assistant with the Portland State University Center for Public Service. His research includes examining the role of ecosystem services in environmental planning and policy making. His recent research has included non-market valuation studies of recreation, marine and coastal uses, and ecosystem services for decision support tools. The non-market approaches include new techniques to solicit preferences in non-monetary approaches such as using public participatory GIS for marine and coastal residents and tourists in Oregon. Paul joined PSU as a Fellow in the Ecosystem Services for Urbanizing Regions (ESUR) program funded by the National Science Foundation. Paul has a BA in Anthropology from Reed College and an MPA from Portland State University. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Public Affairs and Policy program at Portland State University.

Who should attend?

All resource areas are invited to attend, including natural resource professionals working in state, tribal and other federal agencies. Past participants have included:

  • Bureau of Land Management
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife
  • Oregon State Forestry Department
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • Bonneville Power Administration
  • Portland State University Graduate Students

Seminar Cancellation Policy

If registration count does not reach target, the seminar will be cancelled and any payment made will be refunded.

Contact Information

Paul Manson
Senior Research Assistant, Center for Public Service
PhD Candidate, Public Affairs and Policy, Hatfield School of Government

For registration/payment questions:

Josh Metzler
Program Coordinator,
Center for Public Service

Additional Information 

US Forest Service Continuing Education