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Douglas Rideout, PhD.


Professor Forest and Rangeland Stewardship

Contact Info

Phone: (970) 491-7234   Office: 126E Forestry Bldg.

Email:   Lab:


Areas of Interest

 Economics of wildfireForest investment analysisPrescribed burning and fuels wildfireTimber supply and demand


Professor Rideout received a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Forest Management and Economics from the University of Washington in 1975, 1977 and 1983 respectively. Dr. Rideout’s research is focused on wildland fire economics. He is Director of the Fire Economics and Management Laboratory that was recently formed to support research on the economics and management of wild and prescribed fires. Increasing awareness of critical issues in fire management have the Laboratory focused on topics such as: the wildland urban interface, strategic analysis and budgeting of fire programs and fuels management and initial attack systems. The laboratory has played a central role in the construction and implementation of the new Fire Program Analysis (FPA) system that is being implemented nation-wide to support fire program planning and budget by the USDA Forest Service, National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The laboratory enjoys a close connection with the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho and collaborates extensively with federal research centers throughout the U.S.