Institutional investors own roughly 40 million acres of forests in the U.S. and trade about 4 million acres of these forests annually. In this ownership environment, there is enormous pressure to maximize financial returns with each sale of forest assets. The result is that forests frequently follow a predictable pathway from large, intact and ecologically significant forests, to parcelized and fragmented forests that ultimately are converted to non-forested uses as successive owners chase greater financial returns.
For the past 10 years, The Conservation Fund has pioneered an effective and financially sustainable model — The Working Forest Fund® — to ensure at-risk forests are never broken apart or degraded. Over the next 10 – 15 years we have a chance to rapidly scale this model and save 5 million acres of the most exceptional and highest conservation value forests.
Presenter: Brian Dangler, Vice President and Director of the Working Forest Fund®