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Forest Economics and Policy Program (FEPP)

ForestFEPP’s mission 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.

FEPP experts have served on various advisory councils, including the Presidential Task Force on the Future of Public Forestry, the U.S. Forest Service’s 2nd Committee of Scientists; the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; the Environmental Literacy Council; the National Academies of Sciences Board of Agriculture and Natural Resources; the Board of the Sustainable Forest Initiative; and the EPA Scientific Advisory Board on Biogenic Energy.

FEPP is directed by RFF Senior Fellow Roger Sedjo. FEPP’s Advisory Committee helps bridge discussions among the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, and aids in guiding FEPP’s work.

FEPP Research Agenda

For more than thirty years, FEPP has provided objective assessments and analyses of critical forest issues. FEPP experts have played significant roles in informing discussions and helping 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 current FEPP research agenda include:

  • Understanding the nature of the carbon footprint associated with bioenergy.
  • Studying current and future uses 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.
  • Analyzing the effects of wildfire and suppression on forest development.