Crandall, Mindy

Position Type: 
Job Title: 
Associate Professor in Forest Policy
Forest Engineering, Resources & Management
Office Location: 

232 Peavy Forest Science Center (PFSC)

A.A., Native American Studies, Salish Kootenai College, 1994
B.S., Forest Management, OSU, 1998
M.S., Resource Economics, OSU, 2004
Ph.D., Applied Economics, OSU, 2014
Research Areas: 
  • Forest Policy Analysis and Economics
Research Interests: 
  • Forest Economics
  • Forest Policy, Private
  • Forest Policy, Public
  • Human Dimensions
  • Rural Development
My Forests, Industries, and Communities Lab is focused on the intersection between forests and human communities, particularly in the US. I’m interested in how these two systems interact through the forest products industry/labor market and through people’s attachment to place, and how people make decisions about managing forests. Our active projects include: assessing the relationship between wildfire and vulnerable human communities; looking at the success of minority-owned businesses in capturing dollars related to a new (restoration) forest economy; exploring the impact that growing up in rural, forest-dependent places has on youth aspirations for the future; and delving into the role of local people in decision-making on state owned forest lands.


Graduate Major Advisor
Courses Taught: 
  • FOR 460
    Forest Policy (Writing Intensive)
  • FOR 461
    Forest Policy Analysis
  • FOR 561
    Forest Policy and Analysis (in development for Spring 2022)
Selected Publications: 
  1. Granstrom, M., L.S. Kenefic, M.S. Crandall, S. Stockwell, and R.A. Giffen. In press. Managing your woodland: forestry research translated for landowners. Gen. Tech. Rep. GTR-XXX-XXXX. Madison, WI: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station.
  2. Reilley, C. and M. S. Crandall. 2022. Social Vulnerability Index for the State of Oregon [data set]. Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon.
  3. Kelly, E.C. and M.S. Crandall. 2022. State-level forestry policies across the US: Discourses reflecting the tension between private property rights and public trust resources. Forest Policy and Economics 141: 102757.
  4. Granstrom, M., M.S. Crandall, L.S. Kenefic, A.R. Weiskittel. 2022. Tree quality and value: results in northern conifer stands after 65 years of silviculture and harvest. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 52: 794-807.
  5. Bernsen, N.R., M.S. Crandall, J.E. Leahy, and C. Biddle. 2022. How far to go? Community influences on youth educational aspirations in rural, resource-dependent places. RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences. 8(3): 189–207.
  6. Bernsen, N.R., M.S. Crandall, J.E. Leahy, J. Abrams, and C. Colocousis. 2022. Do rural youth want to stay rural? Influences on residential aspirations of youth in forest-located communities. Community Development.
  7. Bothwell, K.N., M.S. Crandall, A.M. Roth. 2021. Silviculture for deer and timber: A multiple-use policy analysis reveals important implementation barriers. Forests 12(11): 1436.
  8. Crandall, M.S., J.E. Leahy, *N. Bernsen, J. Abrams, A. Ellison, A. Carleton, and **L. Capodilupo. 2020. Rural Youth Futures: Fact Sheets by School and County (series of 14, 4p each).
  9. Crandall, M.S., K.L. Costanza, J.M. Zukswert, L.S. Kenefic, and J.E. Leahy. 2020. An adaptive and evidence-based approach to building and sustaining gender diversity within a university forestry education program: A case study of SWIFT. Journal of Forestry 118(2): 193-204.
  10. Bernsen, N.R., M.S. Crandall, and J.E. Leahy. 2020. An assessment of workforce supply and readiness in the Maine forest products industry. Forest Products Journal 70(1): 22-27.