About the Author

Dr. Karen Potter-Witter is an Associate Professor of Forest Economics in the Department of Forestry at Michigan State University. Her research and extension work is in timber supply, forestry investment analysis, and taxation and policy analysis. She has published more than 40 articles and extension publications on these topics. She has taught natural resource policy and economics and timber management at MSU. Her experience include ten years at Michigan State University, lead roles in several major industrial forest projects, seven years as a consultant for government and industry, and as a staff forester for Potlatch Corporation. Dr. Potter-Witter holds forest management, applied statistics, and resource economics degrees from Michigan State University, the University of Minnesota, and Michigan Technological University. She has been a member of the Society of American Foresters for 18 years and is a past member of the Science and Technology Board. She also serves as an adjunct scholar with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.