On Tuesday, June 11, Ernie Niemi will present “Big Timber and You: the Economics Made Easy,” and explain how Big Timber currently extracts wealth from households and communities, as well as causing additional harm to Oregonians by contributing to climate change and further diminishing the economic outlook for communities and workers.
Ernie specializes in applying the principles of cost-benefit analysis, economic valuation, and economic-impact analysis to describe the economic importance of natural resources. He formed Natural Resource Economics, Inc. in 2012. From 1978 to 2012, he managed economic and policy analysis for the consulting firm, ECONorthwest, where he was a co-owner, vice president, and senior economist. He also has taught cost-benefit analysis and economic development for the University of Oregon’s Department of Planning, Public Policy, and Management, and taught high-school science as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uganda.
Niemi’s analyses have addressed resource-management programs for water quantity, quality, and reliability; economic security for at-risk human communities; conservation of at-risk fish, wildlife, and plant species; management of natural-resource risks; adaptation of households, businesses, and communities to expected changes in climate; management of public lands and waters; diversion of surface and ground water for irrigation, livestock, domestic, and municipal-industrial uses; maintenance or enhancement of in-stream flows; water conservation; forest restoration; and floodplain management.
Niemi’s education includes a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning, Harvard University, 1978, and Bachelor of Science, Chemistry, University of Oregon, 1970
Niemi’s presentation is another in the series, “Speaking Truth to Power” presented by the North Coast Citizens for Watershed Protection, formerly known as Rockaway Beach Citizens for Watershed Protection. These events, always free and open to the public, take place the second Tuesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. at NCRD 36155 9th St. in Nehalem.Doors open at 5:30 with music from singer/songwriter Brandon Tigner and light refreshments.