Faculty and Staff

Erin Kelly – Assistant Professor, Forest Policy, Economics and Administration

Personal and Research Interest

Humans interact with forests in complex and interesting ways – economically, socially, politically, and culturally. In order to control forests and forest use, we create webs of forest policies that range from voluntary agreements to regulatory structures such as forest practice rules to market mechanisms including offset credits under cap-and-trade markets. I am interested in evaluating whether forest policies are effective, and the many intended and unintended consequences of their implementation.

Because forestry has long been intertwined with community well-being, much of my research has focused on how communities are affected by the forest sector and by the interactions among forest governance, tenure, and management. Research topics have included: community forestry; tenure arrangements on industrial and post-industrial forests; rural restructuring and rural development; individual and policy perspectives of forest management; and the history and politics of tribal land acquisition.

Education and Degrees
Courses Taught
Selected Publications

Kelly, E.C. 2014. Cultural entrenchment: explaining gaps between ecosystem-based management policy and practice in the forests of Newfoundland. Forest Policy and Economics 46: 10-18.

Kelly, E.C., and H. Gosnell. 2014. Who will own the Mazama? Tribal power and forest ownership in the Klamath Basin. Humboldt Journal of Social Relations 36: 102-117.

Kelly, E.C., J.C. Bliss, and H. Gosnell. 2013. The Mazama returns: the politics and possibilities of tribal land reacquisition. Journal of Political Ecology 20: 429-443.

Kelly, E.C., and J. Bliss. 2012. From industrial ownership to multifunctional landscapes: Tenure change and rural restructuring in central Oregon. Society and Natural Resources (in print, December).

Kelly, E.C. 2012. Experiments in rural development and ecosystem-based management: the possibilities of community forestry in Newfoundland. St. John’s, NL: Harris Centre.

Kelly, E.C. 2012. Pathways and obstacles to reinventing forestry in Newfoundland. Corner Brook, NL: Environmental Policy Institute. Online: http://www.swgc.mun.ca/epi/Documents/Pathways-and-challenges-to-reinventing-forestry-in-Newfoundland.pdf.

Gosnell, H., and E.C. Kelly. 2010. Peace on the river? Exploring linkages between the tribal trust responsibility, large dam removal, and socio-ecological restoration in the Klamath Basin, USA. Water Alternatives [online].

Bliss, J.C., E.C. Kelly, J. Abrams, C. Bailey, and J. Dyer. 2010. Disintegration of the U.S. industrial forest estate: Dynamics, trajectories, and questions. Small-scale Forestry 9: 53-66.

Kelly, E.C., and J.C. Bliss. 2009. Healthy forests, healthy communities: An emerging paradigm for natural resource-dependent communities? Society and Natural Resources 22(6): 519-537.

Bliss, J.C., and E.C. Kelly. 2008. Comparative advantages of small-scale forestry among emerging forest tenures. Small-scale Forestry 7: 95-104.

Erin Kelly
Contact Information:

Office: 210 Forestry Building
Email: eck107@humboldt.edu
Ph. 707.826.4150
Fax: 707.826.5634

Mailing Address:

Department of Forestry and Wildland Resources
1 Harpst Street