Resilience to Climate Change
The United States of America has a legacy of supporting tree planting on public and private lands. This legacy has provided a foundation for the current policies and tools available to small forestland owners, which can be described as “gateway programs” – landowners enroll for the financial benefits, and in turn, learn about sustainable forest management. Recent initiatives supported by public and private organizations emphasize the connection between recommended forest management practices and climate change resilience in terms of risk reduction and recovery.
Stephanie Chizmar - Research Economist, Forest Economics and Policy Southern Research Station, USDA Forest Service
Stephanie Chizmar obtained a B.S. in Environmental Science (Concentration: Conservation Science) and a B.A. in Spanish at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington in 2014. She traveled to Peru to research agroforestry systems for her thesis under the direction of Drs. Erin Sills and Fred Cubbage, among others, at North Carolina State University. She subsequently pursued a Ph.D. in Forestry and Environmental Resources with a focus in Extension and a minor in economics at North Carolina State University under the direction of Drs. Rajan Parajuli and Robert Bardon, among others. She defended her dissertation on financial programs for forest landowners in 2021. As a Research Associate and Postdoctoral Research Scholar she completed research and Extension programming in climate-smart forestry, forest resiliency and recovery, economic contribution analysis, and carbon markets. In September 2022, she started her career with the US Forest Service, Southern Research Station in Research Triangle Park, NC as a Research Economist. Her research areas include the economics of natural and human-related forest disturbances and forest products markets and trade, while maintaining an emphasis in policies and programs for forest landowners.