Alison Berry

Alison Berry

Alison Berry was a research fellow at PERC specializing in forest economics and policy. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Vermont and a master’s degree in forestry from the University of Montana. Prior to joining PERC, she worked for the U.S. Forest Service as a supervisory botanist and forestry technician. She has also been a restoration specialist with the Trustees of Reservations in Massachusetts. Her research has been published in the Journal of Forestry and the Western Journal of Applied Forestry.

At PERC, Berry’s research was focused on forest management, particularly in North American Forests. Her essay, “Branching Out: Case Studies in Canadian Forest Management,” presents examples from Canada that illustrate how the wealth of nature in U.S. forests could be better realized.

Articles by Alison Berry

Tapping Our Forests for Green Energy

Federally owned forests in the United States are facing financial and ecological problems. In this case study Alison Berry explores the pros and cons of using woody biomass to create ethanol, electricity, and heat.

Fueling the Future

Saws are buzzing on national forests, but these are not your typical logging operations. Instead of taking down big trees for shipments to lumber mills, loggers are cutting saplings and clearing brush from the understory.

Firefighting costs escalate

Salt Lake Tribune March 1, 2008 By Alison Berry Just before dawn last week, a red ball of fire streaked across Northwestern skies and exploded…

Forest Policy Up in Smoke:

DOWNLOAD THE FULL REPORT September 2007 By Alison Berry Abstract Forests evolved over millennia in the presence of fire, a vital ecological process­fire returns nutrients…