Montgomery, Claire

Department Head

Office Location: 
Peavy 280A
Email Address: 
Curriculum Vitae: 

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

Current Programs: 

Economics of biodiversity, forest land use trade-offs, economics of wildland fire 

Current Projects:
  • 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



Graduate Students: Aaron Gagnon (MS), Kate Marcille (MS), Chris Lauer (PhD), Hailey Buckingham (PhD)

  • FOR 331 - Forest Resources Economics II
  • FOR 534 - Economics of the Forest Resource
Recent Publications: 

Harrison, J.E., and C.A. Montgomery. In review. Social Capital and Community Well-being: Modeling their Relationship with Simultaneity and Space. International Regional Science Review.

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.

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.

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.

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

Kant, S., Wang, S., Deegen, P., Hostettler, M., von Detten, R., Howard, T., Laband, D., Montgomery, C.A., Robert, N., Sekot, W., Valatin, G., Zhang, D. 2013. New frontiers in forest economics. Forest Policy and Economics 35: 1-8. Doi: 10.1016/j.forpol.2013.06.002

Adams, D.M. and Montgomery, C.A. 2013. Economic analysis of forest products markets. Vol. 2. pp. 87-96. Ch. 136 In: Shogren, J.F. (ed.) Encyclopedia of energy, natural resource and environmental economics. Elsevier Academic Press.

Busby, G., Albers, H.J., and Montgomery, C.A. 2012. Wildfire risk management: spatial interdependence and strategic interaction. Land Economics. 88: 496-517.

Nelson, E., Montgomery, C.A., Conte, M., and Polasky, S. 2011. The provisioning value of timber and non-timber forest products. Ch. 8 In: Kareiva, P., Tallis, H., Ricketts, T.H., Daily, G., and Polasky, S. (eds.) Natural capital: Theory and practice of mapping ecosystem services, UK: Oxford University Press.

Lai*, K.J., Gomes, C.P., Schwartz, M.K., McKelvey, K.S., Calkin, D.E., and Montgomery, C.A. 2011. The Steiner multigraph problem: wildlife corridor design for multiple species. In: Proceedings of the 25th Conference on Artificial Intelligence, San Francisco, CA, (August 7–11, 2011).

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.

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).

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).

Busby, G.M., and Montgomery, C.A. 2007. The opportunity cost of forest certification on private land in western Oregon. Western Journal of Applied Forestry 22(1):55-60. (3,1).

Montgomery, C.A., Latta, G., and Adams, D.M. 2006. The cost of achieving old-growth forest structure. Land Economics 82(2):240-256. (7, 5).

Montgomery, C.A., and Helvoigt, T. 2006. Changes in attitudes about importance of and willingness to pay for salmon recovery in Oregon. Journal of Environmental Management 78(4):330-340. (5, 7).

Nalle, D.J., Arthur, J.L., and Montgomery, C.A. 2005. Economic impacts of adjacency and green-up constraints on timber production at a landscape scale. Journal of Forest Economics 10(4):189-205. (0, 1).

Arthur, J.L., Camm, J., Haight, R.G., Montgomery, C.A., and Polasky, S. 2004. Weighing conservation objectives: maximum expected coverage versus endangered species protection. Ecological Applications 14(6):1936–1945. (18, 30).

Nalle, D.J., Montgomery, C.A., Arthur, J.L., Schumaker, N.H., and Polasky, S. 2004. Modeling joint production of wildlife and timber in forests, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 48(3):997-1017. (51, 66)

Latta, G., Montgomery, C.A. 2004. Minimizing the cost of stand level management for older forest structure in western Oregon, Western Journal of Applied Forestry 19(4):221-231. (6, 8)

Lichtenstein, M.E., and Montgomery, C.A. 2003. Biodiversity and timber in the Coast Range of Oregon: inside the production possibility frontier, Land Economics 79(1):5673. (22, 32)

Recent Theses

Crandall, Mindy. 2014. The effects of increased supply and emerging technologies in the forest products industry on rural communities in the northwest U.S. PhD. Oregon State University.

Harrison, Jane. 2013. The impact of social capital on well-being in rural communities. PhD. Oregon State University.

Lee, Yohan. 2012. Changing housing density in the rural Midwest. MS. Oregon State University.

Houtman, Rachel. 2011. Letting wildfires burn: Modeling the change in future suppression costs as the result of a suppress versus a let-burn management choice. MS. Oregon State University.

Busby, Gwen. 2008. Interaction of private and public forest fire risk management decisions. PhD. Oregon State University.

Konoshima, Masashi. 2006. Spatially explicit intertemporal forest management decision under risk of fire. PhD. Oregon State University.