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One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, WI 53726-2398
Phone: (608) 231-9200
Fax: (608) 231-9592
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Prakash Nepal
Prakash Nepal

Prakash Nepal

Statistics, Life Cycle Analysis, and Economics Research
Unit: FPL-4851
Research Economist
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, WI
United States
53726

Phone: 919-549-4067
Fax: 919-549-4047
prakash.nepal@usda.gov

Current Research

  • Evaluating current trends and future outlooks of global and national forest products consumption, production, and trade
  • Modeling and analyzing impacts on forest resources and forest product markets of economic and demographic changes, structural changes, technology changes, and policy changes
  • Investigating economic viability of new technologies that utilize wood for new or improved wood products
  • Evaluating carbon mitigation benefits of forests and harvested wood products


Research Interest

  • Modeling national and global forest product markets and trade
  • Understanding forest resources and forest product markets impacts of changes in economies, technologies, and policies affecting forest sector
  • Understanding economic viabilities of new wood-based technologies
  • Understanding economics and carbon benefits of forest-based climate change mitigation efforts
  • Understanding carbon benefits and forest product markets impacts of increased mass-timber use in construction sector


Past Research

  • Projection of national and global forest sector carbon sequestration
  • Evaluation of net changes in carbon emissions resulting from increased wood energy use 
  • Evaluation of market competition for wood biomass between energy and traditional products
  • Evaluation of carbon mitigation, benefits, costs, and forest product markets impacts of climate change mitigation through timber set-asides
  • Projection of global planted forest area and its impacts on forest products market and trade
  • Evaluation of financial viability of managing forest stands for carbon sequestration


Research Importance

  • This research is important to identify economically viable policy, technology, and forest management opportunities that contribute to sustainable forestry in the United States
  • The research will contribute to better understanding of the role of forests and harvested wood products in climate change mitigation
  • Research findings will help forest manager, policy makers, and forest industry in anticipating and adapting to change and to aid in strategic planning of forest resources and forest products industry
  • The results of the economic assessment of new technologies will contribute to new information and knowledge on economic viability of new technologies for converting wood and fiber into new or improved wood and paper products


Education

  • Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, Ph.D. Forest Resources (Focus-Forest Economics) , 2011
  • Dresden University of Technology, Dresden, Germany, M.S. Tropical Forest Management , 2006
  • International Institute of Geo-information Sciences and Earth Observation, Enschede, The Netherlands, M.S. Natural Resources Management , 2004
  • Institute of Forestry, Tribhuvan University, Nepal, B.S. Forestry, Wildlife, Soil and Water Conservation , 1999

Professional Experience

  • Research Assistant Professor, Dept. of Forestry and Env. Resources, North Carolina State University 2016 - 2020
  • Postdoctoral research scholar, Dept. of Forestry & Env. Resources, North Carolina State University 2015 - 2015
  • Postdoctoral research associate, LSUAgCenter, Louisiana State University 2011 - 2014

Professional Organizations

  • International Society of Forest Resource Economics (ISFRE, formally SOFEW), Member (2007 - Current)
  • Society of American Foresters (SAF), Member (2007 - 2014)

Below are the 15 US Forest Service publications sorted by year. You may re-sort the list by: Title, Date Posted, Category, Publication or Year.

Publication Year: 2020
 
Title: Projecting global and regional outlooks for planted forests under the shared socio-economic pathways
Source: New Forests. 91(4). 20 p.
Author(s) Korhonen, Jaana ; Nepal, Prakash ; Prestemon, Jeffrey P.; Cubbage, Frederick W.
Year: 2020   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2019
 
Title: From source to sink: Past changes and model projections of carbon sequestration in the global forest sector
Source: Journal of Forest Economics
Author(s) Johnston, Craig ; Buongiorno, Joseph ; Nepal, Prakash ; Prestemon, Jeffrey P.
Year: 2019   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Projecting global and regional forest area under the Shared Socioeconomic Pathways using an updated Environmental Kuznets Curve model
Source: Forests
Author(s) Nepal, Prakash ; Korhonen, Jaana ; Prestemon, Jeffrey P.; Cubbage, Frederick W.
Year: 2019   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Projecting global planted forest area developments and the associated impacts on global forest product markets
Source: Journal of Environmental Management
Author(s) Nepal, Prakash ; Korhonen, Jaana ; Prestemon, Jeffrey P.; Cubbage, Frederick W.
Year: 2019   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2018
 
Title: Projected Market Competition for Wood Biomass between Traditional Products and Energy: A Simulated Interaction of US Regional, National, and Global Forest Product Markets
Source: Forest Science
Author(s) Nepal, Prakash ; Abt, Karen ; Skog, Kenneth ; Prestemon, Jeffrey ; Abt, Robert C.
Year: 2018   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2016
 
Title: Carbon Mitigation Impacts of Increased Softwood Lumber and Structural Panel Use for Nonresidential Construction in the United States
Source: Forest Products Journal
Author(s) Nepal, Prakash; Skog, Kenneth E.; McKeever, David B.; Bergman, Richard D.; Abt, Karen L.; Abt, Robert C.
Year: 2016   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Chapter 3 - At the roadside: Forest resources
Source: In:2016 Billion-Ton Report: Advancing Domestic Resources for a Thriving Bioeconomy, Volume 1: Economic Availability of Feedstock. U.S. Department of Energy. ORNL/TM-2016/160. Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN.
Author(s) Stokes, Bryce; Rials, Timothy G.; Johnson, Leonard R.; Abt, Karen L.; Nepal, Prakash; Skog, Kenneth E.; Abt, Robert C.; He, Lixia; English, Burton C.
Year: 2016   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Forest economics and policy in a changing environment: how market, policy, and climate transformations affect forests -- Proceedings of the 2016 Meeting of the International Society of Forest Resource Economics
Source: e-Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-218. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Southern Research Station.
Author(s) Frey, Gregory E.; Nepal, Prakash
Year: 2016   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2014
 
Title: Chapter 8: Estimating net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from wood energy use; Issues and the current state of knowledge
Source: In: Wood energy in developed economies Resource management, economics and policy edited by Francisco X. Aguilar, 2014; pp. 223-252.
Author(s) Nepal, Prakash; Skog, Kenneth E.
Year: 2014   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Net change in carbon emissions with increased wood energy use in the United States
Source: GCB Bioenergy
Author(s) Nepal, Prakash; Wear, David N.; Skog, Kenneth E.
Year: 2014   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2013
 
Title: Forest carbon benefits, costs and leakage effects of carbon reserve scenarios in the United States
Source: Journal of Forest Economics, Volume 19, 2013; pp. 286-306.
Author(s) Nepal, Prakash; Ince, Peter J.; Skog, Kenneth E.; Chang, Sun J.
Year: 2013   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Projected US timber and primary forest product market impacts of climate change mitigation through timber set-asides
Source: Can. J. For. Res. 43: 245-255 (2013).
Author(s) Nepal, Prakash; Ince, Peter J.; Skog, Kenneth E.; Chang, Sun J.
Year: 2013   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2012
 
Title: Developing Inventory Projection Models Using Empirical Net Forest Growth and Growing-Stock Density Relationships Across U.S. Regions and Species Group
Source: USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, Research Paper, FPL-RP-668, 2012
Author(s) Nepal, Prakash; Ince, Peter J.; Skog, Kenneth E.; Chang, Sun J.
Year: 2012   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Effects on U.S. Timber Outlook of Recent Economic Recession, Collapse in Housing Construction, and Wood Energy Trends
Source: USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, General Technical Report, FPL-GTR-219, 2012: 21 p.
Author(s) Ince, Peter J.; Nepal, Prakash
Year: 2012   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Projection of U.S. forest sector carbon sequestration under U.S. and global timber market and wood energy consumption scenarios, 2010-2060
Source: Biomass and Bioenergy
Author(s) Nepal, Prakash; Ince, Peter J.; Skog, Kenneth E.; Chang, Sun J.
Year: 2012   view abstract, download publication »
TitleDate Posted
PrakashThe Trade-offs of Carbon Storage and Climate Change Mitigation Strategies

Storing carbon in standing trees can help offset greenhouse gas emissions but will also affect future timber supply and prices. A recent study published in the Canadian Journal of Forestry Research analyzes the impacts of this particular set of trade-offs. The study, Projected US timber and primary ...

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