Reconnecting People and Forests
Fire, Forest Management, People

03: Sonoma State University | Grapes Of Wrath

Episode 03: Grapes of Wrath

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We take a closer look at tourism in an age of wildfire. We explore the impact wildfire is having on the wine industry in California looking at everything from the taste of the wine to potential economic impacts.

Dr. Robert Eyler is President of Economic Forensics and Analytics, specializing in public policy analysis for firms and governments.  He is also Dean of the School of Extended and International Education and Professor of Economics at Sonoma State University.  He earned a Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis and a B.A. in Economics at CSU, Chico. He is often called up by the media for his expertise, provides economic impact analyses for both private firms and public entities to help guide public policy, and acts as an expert witness and forensic economist mainly for wine industry clients. Robert has been a visiting scholar at both the University of Bologna and Stanford University. Robert is a Sonoma County native, and his family have been sheep and cattle ranchers in Marin and Sonoma counties since 1910. 

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More on Wildfire and Wine: 

How the Wildfires Are Hurting California’s Wine Industry – The Atlantic

North Bay wildfires should not have long-term effect on local economy – The Economist

Napa economy holds fast after wildfires, but labor shortages loom – Napa Valley Register

Will wildfires leave lasting economic scars on California’s vital wine country? – The Conversation

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