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Oregon State University

Extended Biography

Thomas Maness
Cheryl Ramberg and Allyn C. Ford Dean
Oregon Forest Research Labortory Director
College of Forestry
Oregon State University
150 D Peavy Hall
Corvallis, OR  97331-5704


Educational Background: 

PhD, 1989, Forest Economics, University of Washington
MS, 1981, Forest Operations, Virginia Tech
BS, 1979, Forest Resources Management, West Virginia University

Areas of Interest:

My research interest is in developing innovative forest policies and practices to balance the production of traditional forest products with society’s expanding need for ecosystem services, energy, and climate mitigation. My research falls in three broad categories:  Strategic Land-use Planning and Forest Tenure Policy, Value Chain Optimization, and Energy and Climate Policy.

Recent Publications:

H. Temesgen, B.N. Eskelson, T.C. Maness, D.M. Adams, and H.E. Burkhart. 2011. Teaching in contemporary forest resources curricula: applications to curses in forest biometrics. (in press.) Journal of Forestry.

Schwab, O, T.C. Maness, G.X. Bull, C. Welham, B. Seely, J. Blanco.  2011. Modeling the Timber Supply Impact of Introducing Weevil-Resistant Spruce in British Columbia. Volume 13, Issue 1, January 2011, Pp 61-68. Forest Policy and Economics.

Schwab, O. and T.C Maness. 2010. Building spatial forest inventories from aggregated data. Journal of Forestry. Volume 108, Number 6, September 2010, pp. 274-281(8).

Maness, T.C. 2009. Forest management and climate change mitigation: Good policy requires careful thought. 107(3):119-124., Journal of Forestry

Weber, S., R. Trosper and T.C. Maness. 2009. Evaluation of Two Forest Governance Models Based on Stellat'en First Nation Goals. Changing the Culture of Forestry in Canada: Engaging Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples in Sustainable Forest Management. Marc G. Stevenson and David Natcher Editors., Canadian Conservation Institute. Ottawa, Canada.

Schwab, O. T.C Maness, G. Q. Bull, and D. Roberts. 2009. Modelling the effect of changing market conditions on mountain pine beetle salvage harvesting and structural changes in the British Columbia forest products industry. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 39:1806-1820.

Schwab, O. and T.C Maness. 2009. Building spatial forest inventories from aggregated data. In. Press. Journal of Forestry.

Kimbell, G, TC Maness and H Brown. 2009. More energy from wood: What are the prospects? Journal of Forestry. 1075:267-270.

C. Ristea and T. C. Maness. 2009. Opportunities, challenges and markets for forest carbon offset projects In Press. Forestry Chronicle.

Trenholm, R., V. Lantz and T. Maness .2009. A Brief Overview of Techniques for Valuing Non-market Ecosystem Services Policy Briefing Note. The Forum on Conservation Economics and Policy. Vancouver, BC.

Vahid, S. and T. Maness. 2009. Modelling customer demand in forest products industry supply chains Submitted to International Journal of Simulation and Process Modelling

Schwab, O. and T.C Maness. 2008. Modelling structural development in the forest sector with the EWA-Lite algorithm. Submitted to Forest Science, November 2008.

Marinescu, M.V. and T.C. Maness. 2008. A multi-criteria timber allocation model integrating sawmilling decisions. Journal of Forest Products Business Research. 57

Maness, T.C., S. Vahid and O. Schwab. 2008. Order driven supply chain models for just in time manufacturing in the forest products industry. Technical paper prepared for Forest Products Innovation Canada, April 2008. 47 pp.

Maness, T.C. 2008. Best practices in the Latin American forest products industry: some lessons for British Columbia. Technical paper prepared for Forest Products Innovation Canada. August 2008. 37 pp.

Thoews, S.E, T.C Maness, and C. Ristea. 2008. Using flow simulation as a decision tool for improvements in sawmill productivity. Maderas. Ciencia y tecnología. 103:229-242.

Maness, T.C. 2008. Forests as a potential feedstock for cellulosic ethanol. Policy Analysis Briefing Paper prepared for the USDA Forest Service and Presented at the 1st Annual Symposium on American Forest Policy, October 2008., Society of American Foresters.

Maness, T.C. 2008. Carbon sequestration on the nation’s forests: What’s the goal? Policy Analysis Briefing Paper prepared for the USDA Forest Service. Washington, DC.

Maness, T.C. 2008. The potential for wood energy and the role of government policy. Submitted to Energy Policy November 2008.

Kozak, R.A., W.C. Spetic, H.W. Harshaw, T.C. Maness and S.R.J. Sheppard 2008. Public Priorities for Sustainable Forest Management in Six Forest Dependent Communities of British Columbia. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 3812:3071-3084.

Maness, T.C. and L. Ye. 2007. An Adaptive Optimization Method for Chop Saw Systems In Press. INFOR, Canadian Operations Research Society

Maness, T.C. 2007. Tradeoff analysis for decision making in natural resources: where we are and where we are headed. BC Journal of Ecosystems & Management. Vol 8. Nbr. 2

Staudhammer, C., T.C. Maness and R.A. Kozak.2007. Profile Charts for Monitoring Lumber Manufacturing Using Laser Range Sensor Data. Journal of Quality Technology 393:224-240.