Principals/Senior Partners

           Julie Ann Gustanski, PhD, LLM, AICP

Julie Ann Gustanski – Resource Dimensions’ CEO and co-founder, has nearly 25 years of combined experience as an economist, policy analyst, certified planner, resource manager, land conservation and fund development specialist. Her work centers on interactions between society and institutions, including: economics, policy and ethics, in relation to issues of sustainability planning, community economic development, land use, conservation, parks, public lands, fund and policy/program development, natural resources, and environmental and social policies.

Julie holds a Ph.D. in Ecological Economics, a M.S. in Urban Design and Regional Planning and an L.L.M. in Planning Law from the University of Edinburgh (UK), an M.E.M. in Resource Management, Policy and Economics from Duke University, and a B.S. in Legal Studies and Environmental Policy, from the University of Minnesota. Supplemental coursework includes mediation, conflict resolution, planning, and environmental and land use law at Vermont Law School, and land conservation strategies at Duke University. She has also attained CFRE certification in philanthropic fundraising.

Formerly, she was a litigation assistant and law clerk, specializing in land use, toxics, real estate, and environmental issues. She has over 20 years experience in conducting legal research, preparing legal testimony, and has served as an expert witness in a variety of cases. More recently, she was an assistant professor of economics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, and co-founder of 4Ever Land Conservation Associates, a land use consulting firm. She has also taught graduate and undergraduate courses in economics, land use, environmental policy, and qualitative data analysis at the University of Edinburgh, and as an adjunct visiting professor in the Ecological Economics program at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.

Dr. Gustanski’s work with governments, tribes, and the private, academic, and non-profit sectors in the U.S. and abroad has facilitated the development of partnerships that extend across cultural and socioeconomic boundaries. During her 20+ year professional tenure in the conservation community she has developed easement, PDR (purchase of development rights) and TDR (transfer of development rights) programs in several states, directed a multi-million dollar farmland preservation program, served as executive director of a land trust, co-founded the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association, and has been instrumental in the preservation of over a million acres of land across North America. She also recently co-authored and edited the book Protecting the Land: Conservation Easements Past, Present, and Future.

She is broadly recognized for her work in melding issues of social responsibility, economic stability and environmental health, with impact analysis and sustainability criteria to develop enduring interdisciplinary program and policy solutions. Areas of expertise include: impact analyses, feasibility studies, economic development, fiscal impact, ecosystem services, non-market and social capital valuation, strategic land acquisition and conservation planning for farm, natural and historic lands, parks, trails, and other public land resources; land trusts, conservation easements, water rights, demand forecasting, cost/benefit analysis, and non-profit management. Julie has also developed strategic business plans, marketing concepts and funding strategies that have produced nearly $40 million in funds since 1989 for a variety of land acquisition, conservation, restoration, and park-oriented projects and programs.

Over the past twenty years, Julie has served in various capacities to organizations such as the Land Trust Alliance, American Farmland Trust, National Park Foundation and The Nature Conservancy, as well as numerous community-based organizations involved in issues of community, sustainability and social venture. She has provided one-third of her work on a pro bono basis to various organizations, and currently serves as chair of the Greater Gig HarborFoundation, a regional foundation based in Gig Harbor, Washington.

The following is a select list of recent projects in which Julie has led or served as project manager, principal, or co-principal:

  • Social Capital Rapid Assessment Protocol for National Forest-associated Communities. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Feasibility and Funding Strategy for Regional Park Land Acquisition
  • Economic Impacts and Benefits of Trails and Protected Lands in Washington’s Methow Valley. Methow Valley Sport Trails Association and Methow Conservancy
  • Economic Feasibility and Impact Study for Proposed Marina Facility at Potlatch. Skokomish Indian Tribal Enterprises
  • Integrated Fund Development and Fundraising Strategies
  • Public Attitudes and Willingness to Pay for Community-based Parks and Recreation Assets. Peninsula Metropolitan Park District
  • Economic Analysis for Tacoma Narrows Phase II Tidal Power Feasibility Study. Tacoma Power
  • Fund Development Strategy for Regional Parkland Acquisition in Pierce County, WA. Peninsula Metropolitan Park District and PenMet Foundation
  • Economic Impact Analysis & Feasibility of Proposed LNG Terminal at Bradwood Landing. Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission and Columbia RiverKeeper
  • Environmental Health Initiative, Tacoma. Pierce County Health Department
  • Economic Impact Analysis and Urban Growth Boundary Decision-Support Model
  • Economic Analysis of the Columbia River Basin Mitigation Program
  • Sustainable Pierce County
  • Fiscal Impacts of Annexation on Residents and Businesses in Unincorporated Communities
  • Extended Water Rights Valuation Model. Washington Water Trust
  • Economic Impact Analysis, Expert Opinion and Testimony. Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, et al.
  • Economic, Social and Environmental Justice Impact Assessments for SR28 Eastside Corridor transportation project in East Wenatchee, Washington. Federal Highway Administration and WSDOT.
  • Farmland Preservation Program, Strategy and Land Evaluation Model for Assessing Development Rights Acquisitions. Bucks County Agricultural Preserve Board

           Dorothy H. Anderson, PhD
Dr. Dorothy H. Anderson – is Head of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management in the College of Natural Resources at North Carolina State University and a senior partner with Resource Dimensions. Previously, Dorothy was a professor in the Department of Forest Resources at the University of Minnesota, where she served in various capacities for 18 years.

Dorothy has 26 years experience in conducting complex qualitative analysis. Previously, she worked for the USDA Forest Service, North Central Forest Experiment Research Station as a research social scientist. She has also worked as a social forestry advisor with USAID in New Delhi, India, and as a consultant to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Dr. Anderson’s current work centers on teaching and advising students in the study and analysis of human dimensions of resource management and conducting research on the socio-psychological aspects of natural resource recreation. She has led numerous agency-based projects for the USDA Forest Service, National Park Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. She is widely recognized across the nation as a leader in the field of human dimensions of natural resource use.

The following is a select list of recent projects in which Dr. Anderson served as project manager, principal or co-principal investigator:

  • Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Use Study for Comprehensive Conservation Plan Update. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park 2001 Visitor Study. National Park Service
  • Hopewell Culture National Historical Park: Evaluating Educational Programs and Services - Survey of Public Attitudes. National Park Service
  • Apostle Islands National Lakeshore: Meaning and Values Exploration. National Park Service
  • Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield General Management Plan/EIS. National Park Service
  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Management Plan Visitor Use Study. National Park Service

           Carey Bare, MS, AICP
Carey M. Bare, MS, AICP is a Resource Dimensions' principal, senior planner and policy analyst. He has over 30 years experience in environmental and land use planning, natural resources management, master, site, facilities and infrastructure planning, and environmental impact assessment. His broad experience includes environmental consulting, teaching environmental science at New England College, community comprehensive planning, and master planning for large residential and commercial developments. Carey has been AICP certified since 1991. He holds a B.S. in Natural Resources Management from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a M.S. in Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England in Keene, New Hampshire.

Carey has extensive environmental planning experience working for the University of California at Los Alamos National Laboratory. There he developed a comprehensive plan for the 45 square mile site which integrated mission, land use, infrastructure, transportation, security and environment, safety and health. He developed and in some cases managed the implementation of natural resources plans for wildfire management, threatened and endangered species, and biological resources. Carey worked with multiple regional land management entities, including the Department of Energy, USDA Forest Service, National Park Service, Pueblos and other stakeholders and co-founded the East Jemez Resource Council to facilitate interagency communication, cooperation and collaboration on natural resources management issues. In addition, he completed multiple environmental analyses and assessments and managed a $600M construction project planning program.

Some of Mr. Bare's recent projects include:

  • Environmental Planning Decision-Support Tool. Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Site and Infrastructure Assessment for Revenue Plan. Valles Caldera National Preserve
  • Wildland Fire Management Plan. Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Land Transfer Feasibility Study. U.S. Department of Energy
  • Threatened and Endangered Species Habitat Management Plan. Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Water Resources Planning and Operating Agreement. Crowley Ranch Reserve, Colorado
  • Biological Resources Management Plan. Los Alamos National Laboratory

           E. Ariel Bergmann, PhD

Ariel Bergmann - is a senior environmental economist and policy analyst specializing in power economics and the economics of renewable energy resources. Prior to joining Resource Dimensions in 2004, Ariel was a lecturer in the Economics Department at the University of Glasgow, Scotland where he completed his Ph.D. Ariel also holds an M.A. and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Dr. Bergmann has focused his research interests on the development of power economics and renewable energy in the United Kingdom and the United States. He has conducted extensive analysis on green certificate markets, attributes of renewable energy investments, and public preferences and willingness-to-pay for ‘green’ energy. His recent work is on the international front-line of analyzing and developing mechanisms to promote renewable energy markets.

Ariel has broad experience with the development and use of contingent valuation surveys, choice experiments, hedonic models, and game theory models to value various social preferences and environmental attributes. Particular expertise includes the use of choice modeling and the valuation of non-market goods and services, applied econometric analysis, and microeconomic modeling. His work broadly includes issues of social sustainability, provision of health and psychological services, value of leisure and recreation activities, transportation, local government services, environmental valuation studies and renewable energy projects.

Dr. Bergmann currently manages both the Edinburgh and Stirling, Scotland field offices.

Recent projects include the following in which Ariel has served as project manager, principal economist, and/or principal or co-principal investigator:

  • Public Attitudes and Willingness‐to‐Pay for Community‐based Parks and Recreation Assets. Peninsula Metropolitan Park District (Gig Harbor, Washington)
  • Tacoma Narrows Phase II Tidal Power Economic Feasibility Analysis for Tacoma Power
  • Economic Impact Analysis & Feasibility of Proposed LNG Terminal at Bradwood Landing
  • Economic Analysis of the Columbia River Basin Mitigation Program
  • The effects of advertising on smoking amongst adolescents in the United Kingdom
  • Preferences for public service provision in Scotland's Highland District: Ross & Cromarty using Choice Experiments and Ethnographic Analysis - a multi-method approach to stated preference valuation
  • Public Preferences for Underlying Attributes of Renewable Energy Technologies
  • Valuing the Attributes of Renewable Energy Investments
  • Stollsteimer Creek Watershed Management Plan. Pagosa Springs, Archuleta County, Colorado
  • Choice Experiment to Value the Environmental Attributes of Renewable Energy Projects in Scotland
  • Interaction Between the Green Certificate and Electric Power Markets in a Non-Competitive Government Regulated Environment
  • Patrol Vehicle Refueling Options for the Denver Police Department: using Monte Carlo Simulations. City and County of Denver, Colorado
  • Valuing the Attributes of Renewable Energy Investments In Scotland.Scottish Economics Policy Network

           Roger Coupal, PhD

Roger Coupal is an associate professor of economics and Head of the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Wyoming, and a senior applied economist with Resource Dimensions. He has worked in several states throughout the west and has conducted substantial bodies of work in the area of community economic analysis and natural resource management.

Roger holds a Masters degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Arizona, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Washington State University. His expertise is in regional impact analysis, computable general equilibrium modeling, and fiscal impact analysis as it relates to natural resource management issues. In particular, his work includes fiscal impact analysis, GIS applications in economic analysis, natural resource policy, the NEPA process, and public lands policy.

Dr. Coupal has been involved in a series of open space studies and economic issues related to wildlife habitat, snowmobiling, agricultural sustainability, community planning, recreation and tourism, energy development impacts, and fiscal impact modeling for various county and state resource agencies. Roger has worked on several resource management plans (RMPs) and related EIS documentation for the USDA Forest Service and the BLM. He also served on the ENR Review Committee for Research pertaining to NPS Winter Use Plans, where he was responsible for the review of the Greater Yellowstone Winter Use Plan.

Project work includes assessment of salmon habitat policy in Idaho, electricity deregulation in the Pacific Northwest, agricultural development on Arizona Indian Reservations, and several community level models for local economic development.

Recent Projects include the following in which Roger served as project manager and/or primary investigator:

  • Economic Issues of Coal Bed Methane Development and Water Management. Wyoming Environmental Quality Council
  • Jack Morrill Hills Economic Impact Assessment. Bureau of Land Management
  • Economic Impacts of Snowmobiling in Wyoming. Wyoming State Parks
  • Wyoming Open Spaces Partnership Project
  • Big Horn National Forest Plan Revision.USDA Forest Service and Big Horn Mountain Country Coalition (NPS)
  • Development of the Wyoming Community Development Resource Net. U.S. West Foundation and Wyoming Business Council
  • Evaluation of Bureau of Land Management, Recreation Data and an Estimate of Recreation Expenditures on BLM Lands. Bureau of Land Management
  • The Impacts of Amenity Values on Agricultural Lands Conservation: Property Values, Community Preferences and Cost of Community Services. USDA-Natural Resource Inventory
  • The Cost of Community Services for Rural Residential Development in Wyoming
  • The Cost of County Rural Residential Development: Statewide Summary of Results

           Tom Daniels, PhD

Tom Daniels is a Professor at the University of Pennsylvania's Department of City & Regional Planning , and a Resource Dimensions senior partner. His focus is in the area of environmental planning, growth management and farmland preservation. He teaches courses on Land Use Planning, Environmental Planning, Metropolitan Regional Planning, and Land Preservation. Tom's main areas of interest are farmland preservation, growth management, and connection between land use and water quality. Tom has taught at SUNY-Albany, Kansas State University, and Iowa State University. He has served on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of the American Planning Association, and in 2002 he was a Senior Fulbright Scholar at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

Tom holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from Oregon State University, an M.S. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (UK) and B.A. cum laude in Economics from Harvard University.

Dr. Daniels is the author of When City and Country Collide: Managing Growth in the Metropolitan Fringe (1999), and co-author of Holding Our Ground: Protecting America's Farmland (1997) and The Small Town Planning Handbook (2003), published by the American Planning Association. He has also authored numerous book chapters, journal articles, conference papers and presentations, and professional reports on the subjects of farmland and open space preservation and planning. He is currently a member of the American Planning Association and the Land Stewardship Committee for the Lancaster County Conservancy. He is also senior contributing editor to Farmland Preservation Report, and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Orton Family Foundation.

For nearly a decade, Tom managed Lancaster County, Pennsylvania's nationally-recognized farmland preservation easement acquisition program. During his tenure the program had an annual budget of over $4 million, preserved over 16,000 acres in 188 easement projects, and assisted the Planning Commission staff with growth management and agricultural zoning issues. The program received the 1993 Outstanding Program Award from the Small Town and Rural Planning Division of the American Planning Association and the 1996 National Achievement Award from the American Farmland Trust.

Recent Projects include the following in which Dr. Daniels served as project manager, principal or co-principal investigator:

  • Urban Growth Boundary Analysis and Decision-Support Model for Suburban Washington Community
  • Sprawl and Land Use Change in the Capital District of New York
  • Land Use Planning Techniques in the Chesapeake Bay and Hudson River Estuaries
  • Economic Revitalization Through Technology and Educational Institutions U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Agricultural Zoning Ordinance - McLean County, Illinois
  • Evaluation of Farmland Protection Techniques and Programs, Metropolitan Council of the Greater Twin Cities, Minnesota
  • Formula-Based Appraisal Method to Estimate the Value of Development Rights of Farm Properties in Michigan. Michigan Department of Natural Resources
  • Points-Based Appraisal Systems to Estimate the Value of Development Rights of Farm Properties in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Lancaster County Agricultural Preserve Board
  • Economic Analysis of the Conservation Reserve Program in Kansas (Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station)

           Chuck Harris, PhD

Chuck Harris, Ph.D. is a professor in the Department of Conservation Social Sciences at the University of Idaho and a senior resource social scientist with Resource Dimensions. He has 25 years of experience as a social scientist, policy analyst, and resource planner.

Chuck has conducted numerous natural resource projects that have applied sociology, social psychology, social capital and socio-economic analysis to a variety of natural resource topics, including assessment of the impacts of resource management activities on communities in the western U.S., rural development planning, the diverse values of natural resources, organizational change in resource management agencies, and various resource policy issues.

Dr. Harris has led numerous public participation and community involvement projects related to economic and community development and natural resource management. His work seeks to provide greater understanding of community-based development trends and strategies in the Northwest, and the role of amenity uses of natural resources for triggering economic development. Chuck's work covers public involvement, community-based collaborative processes, and facilitation in the context of environmental decision-making and strategic resource planning. He is nationally recognized for his work and writings on the use of qualitative and quantitative analysis of human-resource interactions.

Recent clients include the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, USDA Forest Service, BLM, and state and local agencies in the Pacific Northwest.

A select list of Chuck’s recent projects include:

           Robert (Bob) Muth, PhD

Dr. Robert (Bob) M. Muth is a professor in the Department of Natural Resource Conservation at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and a senior social scientist with Resource Dimensions.

Previously he was a regional social scientist for the USDA Forest Service for nearly 20 years in Alaska, Washington, D.C. and Seattle. During his tenure with the USDA Forest Service, he participated in planning projects and programs of social research related to wilderness, subsistence use of natural resources, outdoor recreation, and social impact assessment in natural resource decision making. He conducted analysis of public issues and management concerns, identification of social conditions, and social impact analysis of alternatives for Chugach and Tongass National Forest Land and Resource Management Plans. He was also the National Social Impact Assessment Coordinator for the roadless area review (RARE II) team where he coordinated a task force to design a social analysis process for planning alternatives and supervised regional social analysis coordinators in seven USDA Forest Service regions.

Dr. Muth's areas of expertise are in natural resource policy and the human dimensions of natural resources. His current research interests include the public policy-making process, conflict resolution, conservation of marine and freshwater ecosystems, and a broad array of social values and human activities related to natural resources, such as integrated water resource management, hunting and fishing, poaching, trapping, animal rights activism, and subsistence uses.

He regularly conducts projects and prepares supporting reports for the USDA. Forest Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, non-profit organizations, and various state resource agencies.

His recent projects include:

  • Subsistence use of marine resources for subsistence in the northeastern U.S.
  • The role of renewable natural resource use in rural communities
  • Evaluation of the Effects of the Massachusetts Wildlife Protection Act on Public Attitudes Towards Wildlife. Cooperative project (with the Human Dimensions Research Unit, Cornell University) of comparative attitudes and values of residents of Massachusetts and New York relating to beaver population abundance, beaver damage, and furbearer management strategies.
  • Attitudes and Values of Wildlife and Fisheries Professionals. Project investigated the attitudes and values of wildlife and fisheries conservation professionals.
  • The Socioeconomic Value of Furbearer Resources: A Study of Furbearer Harvest in Six New England States. USDA Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station
  • Natural Resource Use, Rural Culture, and Rural Economic Development. USDA Forest Service, Division of Federal Aid, Region 5, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service; Pennsylvania Game Commission

           Larry Van Tassell, PhD

Larry Van Tassell is a nationally recognized leader in the field of rangeland and agricultural economics. Dr. Van Tassell is a professor and department head at the University of Idaho-Moscow, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, and a Resource Dimensions senior agricultural economist associate.

Dr. Van Tassell has over 25 years of experience in the field of range economics, production economics, and farm and ranch management. He is considered one of the nation’s leading rangeland economists and has conducted numerous studies and economic analyses on state and federal policies and programs related to grazing and the management of state and federal lands. His primary areas of expertise over the past several decades has centered on state and federal lands grazing policies, private grazing leases, grazing systems, livestock production systems, multi-species grazing, strategic planning, and scenario analysis.

Larry has worked across the Western states and has carried out a variety of studies for both state and federal agencies. Recent clients include those as the Wyoming State Land Commission, BLM, USDA Forest Service, as well as several state and county-based resource agencies. Early in his professional career, Dr. Van Tassell was also a ranch manager and beef herdsman in Utah.

Some of Dr. Van Tassell’s recent projects include:

  • Washington State DNR Grazing Lands Program Audit and Cost-Benefit Analysis. Washington State Joint Legislative and Audit Review Committee
  • United States Grasslands and Related Resources: An Economic and Biological Trends Assessment. Joint with Texas A&M University and Colorado State University, this project assessed the economic and biological implications regarding grassland trends in the United States. The analysis, conducted for USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, National Cattleman’s Association and The Nature Conservancy was used to develop legislation to protect grasslands.
  • Economic Assessment of the Impact on Ranchers in Southeast Wyoming from Listing the Colorado Butterfly Plant. Conducted analysis on the potential economic impacts associated with Endangered Species Act designation of critical habitat for the Colorado Butterfly Plant. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
  • Conducted economic valuation of grazing use on public lands in western U.S.
  • Assessment of drivers of change for Colorado’s grazing lands
  • Assessed social and economic impacts of public lands policy across the western U.S.
  • Policy review of Wyoming State Trust Land grazing lease practices. Wyoming State Land Commission

           Joanne Vining, PhD

Joanne Vining is a professor of environmental psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, and a senior resource social scientist with Resource Dimensions. She established The Human Nature Research Laboratory in 1983 and has since lead its work.

Dr. Vining has 25 years experience as an environmental psychologist and has conducted extensive applied research employing principles of psychology and sociology in assessing various resource policy issues. Her current work focuses on emotional components of environmental cognition, the collection and interpretation of public input to environmental cognition, the collection and interpretation of public input to environmental management and policy decisions, social content analysis, and visual impact assessment.

Dr. Vining’s project work covers a variety of topics including environmental decision-making, perception and construction of environmental quality, public involvement, conservation behavior, and human-animal interactions and has largely been dedicated to providing qualitative data analysis and related services to federal, state, and local resource management agencies. She works frequently with clients including the USDA Forest Service, for whom she has conducted and reviewed dozens of social assessment and content analysis projects. She has also conducted similar projects for agencies as the National Park Service, State Parks, Illinois Department of Energy and Natural Resources, and the State of Illinois Office of Solid Waste Research.

Joanne also serves on the Advisory Board for a new nonprofit called HomePlanet Inc. In addition to conducting environmental education and awareness campaigns, one of HomePlanet’s activities will be to open the Arts Recovery Center in which we will collect materials that would otherwise go to a landfill and resell them to local artists and schools for creative projects.

Some of Dr. Vining’s recent projects include:

  • Residents’ proximity to National Forests and their cultural inclinations (individualist vs. collectivist) and affect on resident forest management decisions and emotions.
  • The Role of Early Life Experiences on Future Environmental Behavior.
  • Longitudinal Resource Conservation Study (1987 to 2003).
  • Fuels Management Integrated Public Response System. Co-Principal Investigator (with Terry C. Daniel, University of Arizona, and Brian Orland, Penn State University). Developed and tested an integrated system for determining public response to fuels management options. Fire Science Program, USDA Forest Service.
  • Qualitative Analysis of Human Responses to Wildfire Management Options and Qualitative Analyses of Perceived Effects, Risks, and Emotions. USDA. Forest Service.
  • Shawnee National Forest Public Involvement Plan. USDA Forest Service North Central Forest Experiment Station.
  • Content Analysis of Public Comments on Hoosier National Forest Management Plan. Conducted research, coding, data analysis, and report preparation to produce the technical report Perceptions and Values Reflected in Public Responses to Forest Management Plan, Hoosier National Forest. USDA Forest Service
  • Personal Environmental Background Assessment Instrument. Conducted research and developed assessment system to evaluate human dimensions of environmental understandings. Project included investigation of the physical, biological, sociological, psychological, cultural, and economic aspects of communities and individuals in relation to the use and appreciation of natural resources. USDA Forest Service
  • Comparative Analysis of Visitor Photography. Conducted research and all aspects of qualitative analysis to produce report Comparison of Visitor-Employed Photography of Urban and Rural Residents USDA Forest Service

           John (Jack) B. Wright, PhD

John (Jack) B. Wright - is Head of the Geography Department at New Mexico State University and a Resource Dimensions senior partner. He has 31 years experience in the interface between planning and land conservation, which includes diverse objectives to incorporate social, cultural, historical, agricultural, natural resource management and planning. He also serves as President of the New Mexico Geographical Society and Chair of the New Mexico Land Conservancy, a statewide non-profit land trust that prepares and implements land conservation strategies.

Jack has a unique combination of practical experience and education relevant to resource management, planning, environmental law, NEPA and the EIS process, conflict resolution and conservation/development strategies in the western United States. Before earning his Ph.D. from Berkeley, Wright earned his M.A. at the University of Montana in Missoula, and a B.A. in Geography from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. 

He was the planning director in Mineral and Granite Counties during the 1970s and 1980s. During this time, he worked closely with the Lolo and Bitterroot National Forests on their Forest Management Plans in his capacity as a land use planner. Jack has decades of experience in working with a diverse client base in New Mexico and the West on issues ranging from comprehensive plan development to parks, trails, grazing, wilderness designation, and the Endangered Species Act.

Jack has 27 years experience in land conservation, conservation easements, land exchanges, and the projects of land trusts. He served for seven years as a board member of the Five Valleys Land Trust in Missoula, Montana. This work included projects in the Rock Creek drainage that used BPA off-site mitigation money to purchase conservation easements. Recognized as a regional expert Wright has designed and implemented over 100 conservation easements from New Mexico to Montana. He completed conservation strategies for communities as diverse as Mesilla, New Mexico, Jackson, Wyoming, and Missoula, Montana. Wright was also one of the lead consultants on a land exchange that created the Rattlesnake Wilderness and National Recreation Area. This project used federal $14.3 million in coal leasing rights to compensate the Montana Power Company for their 21,027 acres of inholdings in the Lolo National Forest.

As a cultural geographer, he is knowledgeable about New Mexico’s diverse cultures and their narratives about land use and conservation. He teaches courses in environmental planning, New Mexico resources, environmental law and regulation, cultural geography, and conservation. He is the author of four books on land conservation and resource policies and more than 150 articles and reports.

Dr. Wright teaches courses in environmental planning, environmental law and regulation, cultural geography, and conservation planning. Some of Dr. Wright’s recent projects include:

  • Town of Mesilla Farmland Conservation Strategy. New Mexico Local Government Division
  • Heritage Land Conservancy, Deer Canyon Conservation Easement Strategy.
  • Rattlesnake Wilderness and National Recreation Area Project.
  • Land-Use and Land Cover Change Impacts on the Jornada Long-term Ecological Research Site, New Mexico .. National Science Foundation
  • Modeling of Cultural Behavior in El Paso, Texas. Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Multi-species Habitat Conservation Plan and EIS. Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation
  • Western Montana Conservation Easements
  • Land Conservation Strategy for Missoula County, Montana


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