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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. 

This year marks our fourth year of hosting the Forest Futures Salon series. We are excited to explore three unique and important tracks: Moving Forest Markets, Our Regional Forests, and Stories of Our Forests. Our mission is to further build community engagement on the issues that affect us most. Our gatherings are open to all, please join us for an inspiring conversation to protect our forests and network with others in the industry. 

Series Tracks

Job Description

Moving Forest Markets – Each year, thousands of tons of forest biomass are burned in piles in the forest – this series is our deep dive into the potential innovations and opportunities to change that. What business model, technology, and industrial innovations are out there which will improve air quality, reduce carbon emissions, and decrease the risk of wildfire in our forests?

Our Regional Forests – Our last salon of 2020 left us with a clear call to action: regional collaboratives with regional interests at heart will drive restoration in our State. This series will explore the regional efforts — from innovative community financing to cross-stakeholder collaborations — that is taking place across the state, and right here in our own backyard. What can we learn and what can we replicate?

Stories of Our Forests – All too often, we focus only on the urgent need to heal our forests without listening and learning from the stories they have to tell. This series will include book talks with authors, guest speakers, and storytellers who have long relationships with the Sierras, film screenings, and community discussions.

Hydrogen and Forests - Opportunities and Challenges on the Horizon

April 15 at 3:30pm | Moving Forest Markets

What is the business case for the creation of hydrogen products from forest materials? What are the challenges from transportation to storage, from processing to end-market products? We got a lay of the land from technical experts and clean energy entrepreneurs.

Robert DuBois

Managing Partner, NuFuels

Haris Gilani

UC Berkeley Carbon Reduction Lab

April TBC | Our Regional Forests | Rural Regional Collaboratives: What’s worked in biomass and financing? What’s replicable?

The Tuolumne County Loan Fund is a multi-million dollar program providing loans to increase the use of low- and-no-value wood from Tuolumne County forests and provide an alternative to pile burning of forest waste. What can we learn from this and other creative tools to enable regional collaboratives to scale restoration locally?

Speakers: Rural Communities Assistance Corporation, Sierra Nevada Conservancy

More to come…

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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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