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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
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

Applied forest and landscape ecology, community forestry, public and cross-jurisdictional land use planning and management, and participatory research and planning processes.


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