The mission of RFF’s Forest Economics and Policy Program (FEPP) is to conduct research and analysis on forestry and environmental sustainability issues—with a focus on timber supply, wood energy, and global environmental challenges related to forests—to help policymakers understand the underlying economics critical to the development and implementation of forest policy in the United States.
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Roger Sedjo, RFF Senior Fellow
For more than 30 years, experts in RFF’s Forest Economics and Policy Program have provided objective assessments and analyses of critical forest issues, playing significant roles in informing discussions and helping to shape forest policy—from the role of plantation forests as a source of industrial wood to the size of the carbon footprint associated with biomass energy. Other major contributions include research on public forest management, forest carbon offsets, transgenic forestry, and forest monitoring.
Central features of the program’s current research agenda include:
- understanding the nature of the carbon footprint associated with bioenergy;
- studying current and future uses of biomass energy, including biofuels from cellulose and wood pellets, and its costs and benefits;
- analyzing the best approaches for measuring and monitoring global forests and forest carbon, including the use of remote sensing systems;
- examining the anticipated effects of climate change on forests and exploring how to mitigate those effects; and
- analyzing the effects of wildfire and suppression on forest development.
Recent Journal Articles
“Land Use Change, Carbon, and Bioenergy Reconsidered,” by Roger Sedjo, Brent Sohngen, and Anne Riddle, Climate Change Economics, forthcoming 2015.
“Carbon Accounting Insights for the Use of Forest Biomass from the United States,” by Reid A. Miner, Robert W. Malmsheimer, Robert C. Abt, James L. Bowyer, Marilyn Buford, Jay O’Laughlin, Elaine Oneil, Roger Sedjo, and Kenneth Skog. Western Forester, forthcoming.
“Forest Carbon Accounting Considerations in US Bioenergy Policy,” (2014), by Reid A. Miner, Robert C. Abt, Jim L. Bowyer, Marilyn Buford, Robert W. Malmsheimer, Jay O’Laughlin, Elaine Oneil, Roger Sedjo, and Kenneth Skog, Journal of Forestry 112(6): 591.
“Considerations for Forest Adaptation to Climate Change in Sustainable Production of Wood/Fiber/Biomass, as well as Ecosystem Services,” (2014), by Roger Sedjo. Forest Conservation and Management in the Anthropocene: Conference Proceedings. RMRS-P-71. Fort Collins, CO: US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service.
“The Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP): Some Implications for the Forestry Industry,” (2014), by Roger Sedjo. International Center for Business Research.
“Wood Bioenergy and Land Use: A Challenge to the Searchinger Hypothesis,” (2013), by Roger A. Sedjo, Brent Sohngen, and Anne Riddle. Industrial Biotechnology9(6): 319.