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Inland Empire Consulting LLC was started by Dr. Chelsea Pennick and offers the capabilities and deep regional knowledge necessary to conduct applied research and analyses that are sensitive to context and relevant to stakeholders. My skills include both quantitative and qualitative methods, primary and secondary data analysis, program evaluation and monitoring and policy analysis.

Check out the Projects and Clients pages to learn more about what I can do for you or scroll down to view my CV.

About: About


Education, Experience and Publications

Owner and Social Scientist

Program evaluation and monitoring, policy analysis and other social science support.

2022 to present

Research Scientist

 2011 - 2023

Research Social Scientist (2020 to 2023), Research Assistant/Associate (2011 to 2018) with the Forest Industry Research Program Bureau of Business and Economic Research, University of Montana.


Spring 2020, Spring 2021

Instructor of record for 400-level Forest Policy and Administration class at University of Idaho.

Research and Policy Analyst

Research and policy analyst for the Policy Analysis Group, College of Natural Resources, University of Idaho.


Program Associate

Program associate for the Conservation and Awards Programs, National Forest Foundation.


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University of Idaho

PHD, Natural Resource Policy and Administration (2023)

Dissertation title: Towards a theory of bureaucratic behavior in collaborative natural resource governance: evidence from the US Forest Service

University of Montana

MS, Forestry (2015)

Thesis title: Capturing the benefits of restoration: local business utilization and opportunities for growth in Northwest Montana

University of Montana

BA, Rural Sociology (2006)

Emphasis: Rural communities and community forestry

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Selected peer-reviewed and technical publications

The Fiscal Burden of Wildfires: State expenditures and funding mechanisms for wildfires suppression in the Western US and implications for federal policy (2021)

Pennick McIver, Chelsea, Philip S. Cook and Dennis R. Becker

State and Local Government Review 53(4): 337-351: 
*Selected as Best Field Note in State and Local Government Review for 2021.

An Empirical Evaluation of the Impact of Collaboration on the Pace and Scale of National Forest Management in Idaho (2021)

Pennick McIver, Chelsea and Dennis R. Becker

Forest Science 67(1): 49-59.

Analysis of a Single Payment Program for Public Lands Counties in Idaho: Scenarios and Implications (2019)

McIver, Chelsea P.; Meyer, Karl; Becker, Dennis R.; Cook, Philip S.

PAG Report No. 40. Moscow, ID: University of Idaho, College of Natural Resources, Policy Analysis Group. 78 p. Link to Report.

Procurement Contracting and Forest Communities: Factors effecting local business utilization in the Inland Northwest (2018)

McIver, Chelsea P.; Metcalf, Alexander L.; Berg, Erik C.

Journal of Forestry 116(5):412-419.

Making Every Dollar Count: Leveraging federal investments in land management to benefit local communities (2016)

McIver, Chelsea P.; Metcalf, Alexander; Dodson, Elizabeth

Rural Connections 10(2):21-24.  Link to article.

Measuring the Benefits of the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program for Local Communities in Northeast Washington (2016)

McIver, Chelsea P.

Missoula, MT: University of Montana, Bureau of Business and Economic Research, 26 p. Link to Report.

An Assessment of Local Contractor Participation in the Southwestern Crown of the Continent CFLRP Project (2013)

McIver, Chelsea P.

Missoula, MT: University of Montana, Bureau of Business and Economic Research, 32 p. Link to Report.

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