Dr. Cheng received a B.S. in Political Science from Whitman College in 1990, an M.S. in Forest Resource Policy from the University of Minnesota in 1993 and a Ph.D. from Oregon State University in 2000. He is an assistant professor and teaches undergraduate courses in natural resource history and policy, and sustainability of renewable resources, and graduate courses in forest policy. He is a member of the FRWS Steering Committee and an active reviewer of scholarly journals. Dr. Cheng’s primary research has been in community-based collaborative resource management in the United States, on both public and private lands. His work in national forest planning has resulted in the development and implementation of an innovative process used in Western Colorado that is being adapted to other regions. Additionally, an analysis of forest planning efforts in the Rocky Mountain Region is providing information for the development of national-level guidance. In the future, his work in community wildfire protection planning will provide a multitude of authorities the insight on how to better develop and implement sustainable wildfire mitigation, fuels treatment, and forest restoration plans.
Other Research Interests
Participatory, collaborative planning and implementation approaches; The inter-relationship between governmental, non-profit, and for-profit organizations as emergent institutional arrangements; The interplay between local institutional arrangements and national policy
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