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Forest Futures Salon Series

Series Overview

The Forest Futures Salon Series brings together unlike-minded people to engage in productive, timely conversations to fuel innovation. What was previously a closed-door, intimate discussion between experts, has now become virtual, opening the door for professionals from all over the world to participate. While the Series has grown, the initial integrity and candor of the private discussion has remained. 

Join us for an inspiring conversation to protect our forests and network with others in the industry.

Thursday, October 8 | 3:30-5:30pm

Funding Forest Futures

Perspectives from Foundations and Impact Investors on Innovative Conservation Finance Models to Speed Forest Restoration

How do we match the right kinds of capital with the right opportunities to reduce our risk of wildfire and improve our forest lands? 

The estimated cost of restoration efforts in the State of California is likely to exceed $1 billion annually for the next 10 years. Neither the public authorities nor the private landowners have the budget capacity to implement this solution on their own and at the scale required. What’s more, the USFS increasingly finds itself fighting today’s fires with the funds designed to prevent tomorrow’s – using the vast majority of its capital to fight fires rather than prevent them. This panel includes some of the most effective financial minds focused on forests today — and will explore some of the innovative methods to deploy philanthropic dollars and impact investment capital to speed and scale landscape restoration.

Chris Larson

New Island Capital

Todd Gartner

World Resources Institute

Dan Winterson

Moore Foundation

Remaining Events

October 29: Collaborating across the checkerboard

Dan Tomascheski, Sierra Pacific Industries and speakers to be announced from the USFS Region 5 and the California Forest Landowners Association

November 19: Best in Class Carbon Sequestering Tech Accelerators

Speakers will include representatives from PRIME Coalition, Carbon 180, ARPA-E @ USDA and Accelerate @ Cyclotron Road

December 10: New Directions in Forest Management

Steve Frisch, Sierra Business Council and Patrick Wright, Forest Management Task Force

*Dates and speakers are subject to change

We hope you can join one of our upcoming Forest Futures Salons!

We are currently raising funds to match a gift of $200,000 to support our forest efforts. Please consider a gift that feels appropriate to you!

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