Evan Hjerpe

Director of the Conservation Economics Institute (CEI)

Phone: (208) 869-1675

Evan has conducted a number of economic impact analyses, meta-analyses, non-market valuations, and ecosystem service valuations. He has published in academic journals, magazines, and books. He is co-editor of the Island Press Foundation Series book, Human Dimensions of Ecological Restoration. Recent conservation economics projects include: A net present valuation of a proposed takeover of Idaho federal lands; a review of the economic impacts of mining near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness; a global meta-analysis of willingness to pay for preservation; and a choice experiment determining demand for conservation on the Tongass National Forest.


Evan Hjerpe holds a Ph.D. in forest economics and management from Northern Arizona University, where he also was a visiting assistant professor. He was previously Senior Economist for The Wilderness Society. His expertise includes wilderness economics, conservation benefits, recreation economics, ecological restoration, and ecosystem services. He has consulted for private businesses, non-profit organizations, federal agencies, and universities. In 2011, Evan was appointed to the federal Forestry Research Advisory Council by USDA Secretary Vilsack.