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Idaho Climate-Economy Impacts Assessment

The Idaho Climate-Economy Impacts Assessment will connect the latest scientific research on Idaho’s changing climate with economic risks and opportunities that impact businesses, residents and local and state economies.

With the participation of researchers representing Idaho universities and colleges, businesses, non-profits, and tribal and other governments, the findings and recommendations from the assessment will allow Idaho to start planning now for a productive, resilient future.


Chloe Wardropper
Patrick Hatzenbuehler


Steve Hall


Helen Brown
Steve Peterson


Jaap Vos

Land: Forests

Greg Latta
Jeff Hicke

Land: Range

Katie Lee
Eric Winford

Recreation and Tourism

Alex Maas


Karen Humes
Jae Hyeon Ryu

Case Study on Smoke

Mojtaba (Moji) Sadegh

  • Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area and Idaho Ski Areas Association: Brad Wilson, General Manager, BBMRA
  • Bureau of Land Management and National Interagency Fire Center: Jolie Pollet, Division Chief, Fire Planning and Fuels Management
  • Chobani: Mark Broadhurst, Director of Public Affairs and Nate Shepley Streed, Director of Sustainability
  • City of Boise: Steve Burgos, Director of Public Works
  • Coeur d’Alene Tribe: Laura Laumatia, Senior Research Analyst
  • College Student: Grace Peters, Idaho Falls (The Ohio State University)
  • Julia Kertz Grant: Natural Resource and Sustainability Professional
  • High School Student: Cindy Su, Boise (Timberline High School)
  • HP Inc: David Eichberg, Global Lead, Climate Strategy
  • Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry: Alex LaBeau, President
  • Idaho Business for the Outdoors: Skylar Jett, Executive Director
  • Idaho Department of Commerce: Tom Kealey, Director
  • Idaho Department of Environmental Quality: Jess Byrne, Director
  • Idaho Department of Water Resources: David Hoekema, Hydrologist
  • Idaho Forest Group: Tom Schultz, Director of Resource and Government Affairs
  • Idaho Governor’s Office of Energy and Mineral Resources: John Chatburn, Administrator
  • Idaho Hispanic Chamber of Commerce: Lisa Florenzen, Director of Programs
  • Idaho National Guard: Charlie Baun, Conservation Branch Manager
  • Idaho National Laboratory/Battelle: John Revier, Government Relations Director and  Elli Brown, State Government Relations and Policy Lead
  • Idaho Power: John Bernardo, Sustainability Strategist
  • Idaho Rangeland Resource Commission: Gretchen Hyde, Executive Director
  • Idaho State Department of Agriculture: Celia Gould, Director
  • Idaho State Legislature: Senator Jeff Agenbroad
  • Jalonne White-Newsome, PhD: CEO/Founder, Empowering a Green Environment and Economy, LLC
  • J.R. Simplot Company: Brandy Wilson, Global Sustainability Director
  • Kelly Olson: Retired, Idaho Barley Commission
  • Micron: Marshall Chase, Sustainability Director
  • Nez Perce Tribe: Stefanie Krantz, Climate Change Coordinator
  • Payette Land Trust: Craig Utter, Executive Director
  • PotlatchDeltic: Anna Torma, Vice President, Public Affairs
  • Public Health: Sherise Jurries, Environmental Health Director, Idaho North Central Health District
  • Reel Time Fishing: Toby Wyatt, Owner
  • Riley Stegner and Associates: Peter Stegner, Principal
  • Shawn Keough: Exec. Director, Assoc. Logging Contractors | State Senator 1996-2018
  • Tom Lamar: Latah County Commissioner
  • Twin Falls Canal Company: Brian Olmstead, General Manager
  • William G. Weppner, MD MPH: Associate Professor and Boise Section Head, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine

  • Bas Hargrove, Senior Policy Representative, The Nature Conservancy
  • Katherine Himes, Director, McClure Center for Public Policy Research, University of Idaho
  • Heather Kimmel, Director of Health Promotions, Western Division, American Lung Association
  • Brandy Wilson, Sustainability Director, J.R. Simplot Company

Idaho PressAcademics look to fill gap of data on economic impact of climate change in Idaho (March 24, 2019) 

Idaho PressClimate Change hearing shows lack of data on potential impacts on Idaho (March 6, 2019)

Idaho Legislature: Legislative Hearing on Climate Change in Idaho (March 6, 2019)
To access the audio/video, please go to the Idaho Legislative page. Scroll down to March 6, 2019. From there you can "Download the Audio/Video." 

University of Idaho: How Climate Change Impacts Idaho’s Pocketbook

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Financially Support the Assessment

Contact Dr. Katherine Himes at 208-364-4549 or to donate.

For More Information



McClure Center

Physical Address:
GAR Building

Mailing Address:
James A. & Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research
GAR Building
714 W. State Street
Boise, ID 83702