Supporting natural resource management—The role of economics at the Department of the Interior—A workshop report

Open-File Report 2018-1054
Prepared in cooperation with the Office of Policy Analysis, U.S. Department of the Interior
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Abstract

The first U.S. Department of the Interior Economics Workshop was held April 5–7, 2017 in Washington, D.C., to identify, highlight, and better understand needs and opportunities for economic analysis to support the Department of the Interior’s mission. The Economics Workshop, jointly convened by the Department of the Interior Office of Policy Analysis and the U.S. Geological Survey Science and Decisions Center, provided an opportunity for Department of the Interior’s economists to share expertise and experiences and to build collaboration and communication channels across the Department of the Interior.

Natural and cultural resource managers face complex questions and often have to balance competing stakeholder interests. Per the mission statement, the Department of the Interior “protects and manages the Nation’s natural resources and cultural heritage; provides scientific and other information about those resources; and honors its trust responsibilities or special commitments to American Indians, Alaska Natives, and affiliated island communities.” Economic analysis is relevant to issues integral to nearly all the land and water management decisions made by the Department of the Interior. More than 80 Department of the Interior economists gathered at the Economics Workshop to share their work, discuss common challenges, and identify approaches to advance the use and contribution of economics at the Department of the Interior.

Suggested Citation

Pindilli, E.J., Crowley, C.S.L., Cline, S.A., Good, A.J., Shapiro, C.D., and Simon, B.M., 2018, Supporting natural resource management—The role of economics at the Department of the Interior—A workshop report: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2018–1054, 32 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20181054.

ISSN: 2331-1258 (online)

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary 
  • Introduction
  • Key Findings and Recommendations
  • U.S. Department of Interior Economics Workshop Summary
  • Summary and Conclusions 
  • References Cited
  • Appendix 1. List of Participants, U.S. Department of Interior Economics Workshop, 2017 
  • Appendix 2. Agenda, U.S. Department of Interior Economics Workshop, 2017 
  • Appendix 3. Lightning Round Presentations, U.S. Department of Interior Economics Workshop, 2017
  • Appendix 4. Poster Presentations, U.S. Department of Interior Economics Workshop, 2017 
  • Appendix 5. Small Workgroup Session Notes, U.S. Department of Interior Economics Workshop, 2017 
  • Appendix 6. Followup Survey Results, U.S. Department of Interior Economics Workshop, 2017

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Supporting natural resource management—The role of economics at the Department of the Interior—A workshop report
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 2018-1054
DOI 10.3133/ofr20181054
Year Published 2018
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Science and Decisions Center
Description iv, 32 p.
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N