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Dr. Yvonne Everett

Professor of Environmental Planning
Graduate Faculty

I was raised in California and in Germany and early on learned to love the redwoods and mixed hardood forests and the Bavarian and South Tyrolian Alps. After working in community forestry and community based GIS with non governmental organizations for a number of years, I began teaching at HSU in 1998.

Time spent traveling and NGO work have made me value groundedness, experiential learning and applied research. With forests, beaches and local government, state and federal agency offices just minutes away, my students and I take advantage of proximity and spend a lot of our time out in the field – whether exploring local ecosystems, meeting resource managers or working with concerned citizens to address environmental planning issues.

My research interests include forest ecology and watershed management, community forestry, public and cross-jurisdictional land use planning and management, and participatory research and planning processes. My work is informed by sustainability science - an applied and interdisciplinary approach to working toward more resilient ecosystems including their human communities.

Community based fire and hazard management planning, Klamath River watershed issues, forest restoration, and management of non timber forest products (NTFPs) have been key areas of focus in California the Pacific Northwest. In Sri Lanka, I work with colleagues on watershed restoration, landcare, community forestry and disaster response and rehabilitation.

Contact Information
  • Natural Resources (NR) Building, Rm. 214
  • (707) 826-4188
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Specialty Area

Environmental and Natural Resources Planning


PhD UC Berkeley Wildland Resource Science - Landscape Ecology
MS US Berkeley Wildland Resource Science – Agroforestry
BA Pomona College International Relations

Courses Taught

EMP109 – Shake Rattle and Roll: Organizing Communities for Disaster
EMP 325 – Environmental Law and Regulation
EMP 360 – Natural Resources Planning Methods
EMP 420 – Ecosystem Analysis
EMP 460 – Environmental Planning for Public Lands and Rural Communities
EMP 475 – Senior Planning Practicum
EMP 482 – Internship
EMP 580 – Ecosystems and Society Graduate Seminar for The Environment and Community Master of Social Science Graduate Program.
EMP 640 – Ecosystems and Society

Research Interests

My research interests include natural resources policy and planning and participatory and collaborative research methods in forest ecology, agroforestry and landscape ecology. Research projects have focused on sustainable and resilient land use at the landscape scale; ecosystem services provided by forest garden systems, and effects of the 2005 Indian Ocean tsunami in Sri Lanka; and on collaborative planning and research for public land management and community based resource management in the Pacific Northwest, including use of GIS technology for monitoring of impacts of forest resource use, non-timber forest product harvesting, community based fire management and watershed management in the Henry's Fork , Idaho. I seek to understand how the knowledge and experience of local people can be included in planning for conservation at the landscape scale. I am currently interested in comparing approaches to landcare in Australia, the US, Sri Lanka and Germany.


Baker, J. Mark, Yvonne Everett, Lora Liegel and Rob Van Kirk. 2014. Patterns of Irrigated Agricultural Land Conversion in a Western U.S. Watershed: Implications for Landscape-Level Water Management and Land-Use Planning. Society and Natural Resources Vol 27 No 11: 1145-1160.

Everett, Yvonne and Michelle Fuller. 2011. Fire Safe Councils in the Interface. Society and Natural Resources. Vol. 24 No 4:319-333.

Everett, Yvonne. 2008. Community participation in fire management planning: The Trinity county fire safe council’s fire plan. In Managing fire and fuels in the remaining wildlands and open spaces of the Southwestern United States. Narog, Marcia G., technical coordinator. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-189, Albany, CA: Pacific Southwest Research Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture: 217-225

Everett, Y. and Phil Towle. 2005. Development of Rural Community Capacity through Spatial Information Technology. In Jefferson Fox, Krisnawati Suryanata, and Peter Hershock (eds.) 2005 Mapping Communities: Ethics, Values, Practice. Honolulu: East-West Center Available online:

Everett, Y., N. Doyas, P. Frost, K,. Sheen and P. Towle. - Trinity County Resource Conservation District and Watershed Research and Training Center. 2005. Trinity County Wildfire Protection Plan – with recommendations on Trinity County values at risk from fire and pre-fire fuels treatment opportunities. Online: Trinity County Resource Conservation District Home Page

Everett, Y. Community Participation in Fire Management Planning: A Case from California,USA. 2002. In Peter Moore et al. (ed). (2002) Community in flames: proceedings of an international conference on community involvement in fire management. Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, Indonesia, 25 - 28 July 2001. Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations RAP Publication 2002/25.

Everett, Y. M. George and A. King (ed). 2002. Proceedings of the Klamath Fish and Water Management Symposium. Klamath River Inter-Tribal Fish and Water Commission and Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA.

Everett, Y. 2001. Participatory Research for Adaptive Ecosystem Management: A Case of Non-Timber Forest Products. Journal of Sustainable Forestry. Vol 13 NOs 1&2: 335-358.

Ack, Bradley, Carol Daly, Yvonne Everett, Juan Mendoza, Mary Mitsos and Ron Ochs. 2001. “The Practice of Stewardship: Caring for and Healing Ecosystems and Communities. Journal of Sustainable Forestry. Vol 12 Nos 3&4: 117-142.

Everett, Y. 1997. A Guide to Selected Non-Timber Forest Products of the Hayfork Adaptive Management Area, Shasta-Trinity and Six Rivers National Forests, California. USDA Forest Service General Technical Report PSW GTR-162.

Everett, Y. 1997. Change in Forest Garden Vegetation in Landscapes of Highland Sri Lanka: What will Household Level Implications Be? in A. Wickramasinghe.(ed) Development Issues Across Regions: Women, Land and Forestry. Collaborative Regional Research Network in South Asia, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Graduate Students

Current Graduate Students
Dawn Albrecht
From Vulnerability to Resilience - Emergency Planning for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities in Humboldt County, California

Lori Biondini
Fisheries Management in Hoopa

Rebecca Cashero
Resilience, Place, and Collaborative Organization: A Political Ecology of Distributed Woody Biomass Energy Development in Rural California Communities

Imil Ferrara
A Political Ecology of Northwest California Land Communities

Leanne Lynch
Access to Recreational Open Space in Patterson, CA: A Geospatial Analysis Utilizing Geographic Information Systems

Kagat McQuillan
Yurok Food Resources from the Redwood Experimental Forest (REF) with an emphasis on Vaccinium parvifolium

Former Graduate Students
Sarah Aldinger - Graduated 2015
Rural Resilience: Local agro-ecological knowledge, sustainable agriculture and cycles of change in Hayfork, CA: An exploratory case study

Rebekah Rafferty - Graduated 2015
Rancher Adaptations to Wolf Depredation in Western Montana

Dawn Walker - Graduated 2014
Feeding our Families: A Process of Reconnecting with Food, the Earth, and Each Other

Rebekah Dickens - Graduated 2013
Ecological and social considerations in tropical forest conservation: a case study in Ecuador

Judy Sears - Graduated 2012
Building local capacity for disaster response: An assessment of community emergency response models In rural areas

Grace Sparks - Graduated 2012
Conserving Working Landscapes and Open Space: A Socio-Spatial Analysis of Private Parcels Suitable for Conservation Easements in Calaveras County, California

Michelle Fuller - Graduated 2012
Herding Cats: Grassroots and centralized organizing in the case of California's Fire safe Councils

Flora Brain - Graduated 2012
Eating Totem Salmon: Exploring extinction and collaborative restoration in a coastal California watershed community

Alyssa Hosbach - Graduated 2012
Managing land for resilience: a comparative analysis of conservation planning and holistic management

Max Kaufman - Graduated 2012
Ecosystem service value of water supply benefits provided by forest stands in the Mattole River Watershed, California: A bioeconomic and benefit transfer – spatial analysis application.

Haley West - Graduated 2011
Home gardens of Humboldt County, California: exploring the politics of knowledge, reciprocity and community

Jennifer Mayberry - Graduated 2011
Community wildfire preparedness: Balancing community safety and ecosystem sustainablitity in southern California chaparral

Kihyun Kim - Graduated 2011
A comparative institutional analysis of management in urban riparian greenways: the American River Parkway (Sacramento, California)

Emily Walters - Graduated 2011
Defining restoration goals for the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center, Manila, California based on an analysis of ecological processes in coastal dunes

Abbey Stockwell - Graduated 2009
Analysis of barriers to low impact development in the North Coast Redwood Region, California

Cybelle Immitt - Graduated 2009
The potential of community action plans to promote economic revitalization through rural county planning

Lenya Quinn Davidson - Graduated 2009
Prescribed fire: Influences on community support and Management activities in Northern California

Lisa Spadoni - Graduated 2008
The effectiveness of land use planning on the preservation of open space in five rural, high amenity communities in the Rocky Mountains

Ben Letton - Graduated 2007
Hazardous fuel mapping and thematic accuracy assessment in the wildland urban interface

John Letton - Graduated 2007
Community Based Hazardous Fuel Mapping and Accuracy Assessment