Claire Montgomery

Montgomery, Claire

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Emeritus Professor
Forest Engineering, Resources & Management
Office Location:
210 Montgomery, Claire
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PhD, 1990, Economics, University of Washington
MF, 1986, Forest Economics, University of Washington
BS, 1984, Forest Management, Oregon State University
BA, 1976, Fine Art, Portland State University
Research Areas
Forest Policy Analysis and Economics
Research Interests
  • Forest Economics
  • Natural Resources
Current programs include: economics of biodiversity; forest land use trade-offs; and economics of wildland fire.

Current projects include: Cost-effective forest wildfire management: Incentives matter; Community considerations in prioritizing forest fire fuel treatments; Letting fires burn: an analysis of the opportunity cost of fire suppression; New Computational Tolls for Sustainable Ecosystem Management.
Courses Taught:
  • FOR 431
    Economics and Policy of Wildland Fire
  • FES/MNR 500
  • MNR 511
    Introduction to Sustainable Natural Resources
Selected Publications:
  1. Tappeiner, J., D.M. Adams, C.A. Montgomery, D. Maguire. 2021. Growth of managed older Douglas-fir stands: implications of the Black Rock thinning trial in the Coast Range of western Oregon, Journal of Forestry,
  2. Lauer, C.J., C.A. Montgomery, T.G. Dietterich. 2020. Evaluating wildland fire liability standards – does regulation incentivize good management? International Journal of Wildland Fire,
  3. Lauer, C.J., C.A. Montgomery, T.G. Dietterich. 2019. Managing fragmented fire-threatened landscapes with spatial externalities. Forest Science,
  4. Harrison, J.L., C.A. Montgomery, P.W. Jeanty. 2018. A spatial, simultaneous model of social capital and poverty. Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics. available online at
  5. Lauer, C.J., C.A. Montgomery, T.G. Dietterich. 2017. Spatial interactions and optimal forest management on a fire-threatened landscape. Forest Policy and Economics 83:107-120.
  6. Crandall, M.S., D.M. Adams, C.A. Montgomery, D. Smith. 2017. The potential rural development impacts of utilizing non-merchantable forest biomass. Forest Policy and Economics 74:20-29.
  7. Dilkina, B., R.M. Houtman, C.P. Gomes, K.S. McKelvey, C.A. Montgomery, T. Graves, M.K. Schwartz. 2017. The perfect is the enemy of the good: trade-offs and efficiencies in optimal budget-constrained multi-species corridor networks. Conservation Biology 31(1): 192–202.
  8. Lee*, Y., C.A. Montgomery, J. Kline. 2016. The influence of age-specific migration on housing growth in the rural Midwest. Landscape and Urban Planning 148:68-79.
  9. Harrison*, J.L., C.A. Montgomery, J.C. Bliss. 2016. Beyond the monolith: the role of bonding, bridging, and linking social capital in the cycle of adaptive capacity. Society and Natural Resources 29(5):525-539.
  10. Montgomery, C.A. and Crandall, M. 2014. The economics of old-growth forests. Ch. 10 In: Kant, S. and J. Alavalapati (eds.) Handbook of forest economics. Routledge Books.
  11. Montgomery, C.A. 2014. Fire: an agent and a consequence of land use change. Ch. 11 In: Duke, J.M. and J. Wu (eds.) The Oxford handbook of land economics. UK: Oxford University Press.
  12. Houtman, R.M., C.A. Montgomery, A.R. Gagnon, D.E. Calkin, T.D. Dietterich, S. McGregor, M. Crowley. 2013. Allowing a wildfire to burn: estimating the effect on future fire suppression costs. International Journal of Wildland Fire. 22(7): 871 – 882.
  13. Montgomery, C.A. 2013. Institutional environments and arrangements for managing complex aquatic ecosystems in forested landscapes. Forest Policy and Economics 35: 50-56. doi: 10.1016/j.forpol.2013.06.008
  14. Konoshima, M., Albers, H.J., Montgomery, C.A., and Arthur J.A. 2010. Optimal spatial patterns of fuel management and timber harvest with fire risk. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 40(1):95-108.
  15. Polasky, S, Nelson, E., Camm, J. Csuti, B. Fackler, P., Longsodr, E., Montgomery, C., White, D., Arthur, J., Garber-Yonts, B., Haight, R., Kagan, J., Starfield, T. and Tobalske, C. 2008. Where to put things? Spatial land management with biological and economic returns. Biological Conservation 141: 1505-1524. (42, 58).
  16. Konoshima, M., Montgomery, C.A., Albers, H.J., and Arthur, J.L. 2008. Spatial endogenous fire risk and efficient fuel management and timber harvest. Land Economics 84(3):449468. (5, 8).