Ernie Niemi

The “Speaking Truth to Power” series from North Coast Citizens for Watershed Protection will continue on Tuesday, June 11, with a talk on forestry methods from economist Ernie Niemi in Nehalem.

“Big Timber and You: the Economics Made Easy,” explores the economic and environmental impacts of Oregon’s timber industry.

Niemi specializes in applying the principles of cost-benefit analysis, economic valuation and economic-impact analysis to describe the economic importance of natural resources. 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 has also 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 education includes a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Oregon.

The talk will start at 6 pm at the North County Recreation District, 36155 9th Street. Doors open at 5:30 pm with music from singer-songwriter Brandon Tigner and light refreshments.

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