Michael Hand is a Research Economist with the USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. His work with the team primarily focuses on projects to improve environmental sustainability and natural resource management, and on improving the cost effectiveness of Government operations. His research interests include the benefits people derive from forests, the economics of wildfire suppression, and risk perception and preferences of public managers. Prior to joining RMRS, Michael was a Research Economist at the USDA Economic Research Service in Washington, DC, studying participation in working-lands conservation programs and the development of local food supply chains. Michael holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of New Mexico.