Yvonne Everett, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus - Environmental Planning

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 Humboldt 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.

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

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


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.

Current Graduate Students

Name Thesis
Ted Masters
Kagat McQuillan

Former Graduate Students

Name Thesis Graduation Year
Karlee Jewell 2022
Imil Ferrara 2020
Rebecca Cashero 2020
Dawn Albrecht 2017
Leanne Lynch 2016
Rebekah Rafferty 2015
Sarah Aldinger 2015
Dawn Walker 2014
Rebekah Dickens 2013
Alyssa Hosbach 2012
Flora Brain 2012
Michelle Fuller 2012
Grace Sparks 2012
Judy Sears 2012
Max Kaufman 2012
Jennifer Mayberry 2011
Haley West 2011
Kihyun Kim 2011
Emily Walters 2011
Lenya Quinn Davidson 2009
Cybelle Immitt 2009
Abbey Stockwell 2009
Lisa Spadoni 2008
John Letton 2007
Ben Letton 2007
Jolie Lonner 2004
Patty Clifford 2004


Danks, Cecilia and Yvonne Everett. 2022. Collaborative CBF in US: Reimagining the role of communities in federal forest management in Ann Larson et al. (eds) Routledge Handbook on Community Forestry.

Everett, Yvonne. 2022. Cross Scale Community Based Natural Resource Management Stewardship Capacity in the United States: Three Cases from Northern California. Ch 27 in Dale, A.P., Seigel, M., Curnow, J. and Campbell, C.A. (eds). Global resilience through local self-reliance: The Landcare model. ACIAR Monograph No. 212. Canberra: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.  

Kelly, Erin and Yvonne Everett (eds). Humboldt Journal of Social Relations: The American West after the Timber Wars. Issue 40 (May 2018) https://digitalcommons.humboldt.edu/hjsr/

Everett, Yvonne. 2018. A Challenge to Socio-Ecological Resilience: Community Based Resource Management Organizations’ Perceptions and Responses to Cannabis Cultivation in Northern California.  Humboldt Journal of Social Relations Issue 40: 89-115. https://digitalcommons.humboldt.edu/hjsr/vol1/iss40/11/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 http://www.fs.fed.us/psw/publications/documents/psw_gtr189/

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: http://www.eastwestcenter.org/stored/pdfs/FoxHershockMappingCommunities.pdf

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 http://www.tcrcd.net/pdf/TC_Wildfire_Protection_Plan.pdf

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