Colorado State University Professor Honored with Department of the Interior Award

The U.S. Department of the Interior honors Colorado State University forestry economics professor, Douglas Rideout, for his research in wildland fire management.

For seven years, Rideout led a Colorado State research team that contributed to the development of the Interagency Fire Program Analysis System. The system provides a blueprint for cost-effective and efficient wildland fire management on federal lands.

"Doug’s contributions to wildland fire management are truly outstanding and on behalf of the Department of the Interior I am very pleased to recognize his work. His insights have given us a blueprint for managing public resources more effectively," said Stephen Botti, fire program planning manager from the National Park Service located at the National Interagency Fire Center.   

Rideout’s work advanced the application of economic theory to fire and land management problems. The Department of the Interior bureaus and the U.S. Forest Service plan to use the Interagency Fire Program Analysis System for budget requests and funding allocation. This holistic program will be used to carry out land management objectives and will benefit the public for years to come.

Agencies recognizing Rideout are the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Botti is presenting the award to Rideout at the Warner College of Natural Resource’s spring faculty honors ceremony on March 28.

Rideout is a professor of forest economics and finance in Colorado State’s Warner College of Natural Resources.

He earned his bachelor’s in forestry, master’s in forestry management and doctorate in forest economics at the University of Washington. His professional interests focus around forestry and wildland fire. He has written a textbook on the principles of forest and environmental economics, and his research has been published in a variety of journals.

The honors ceremony is at 4:15 p.m. March 28 in the dean’s conference room located in the Natural Resources Building.