The 2021 WIP Summit: Building the Restoration Economy in the Sierra Nevada

March 8, 2021

A restoration economy in the Sierra Nevada region could reduce wildfire risk, support forest health, bring back livable wage jobs, promote entrepreneurship, and help achieve the state’s climate goals. This summit will present a vision of how a restoration economy could be established in the Region and the resources necessary to make it a success.

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9:00 a.m. Welcome

Angela Avery, Executive Officer, Sierra Nevada Conservancy

9:10 Opening Keynote

Wade Crowfoot, Secretary, California Natural Resources Agency

9:20 A Restoration Economy at Work: An Example from Wallowa County, Oregon

Nils Christoffersen, Executive Director, Wallowa Resources

9:35–10:30 Panel 1—Sierra Nevada Restoration Economy: Local support, state-wide impacts

Moderator: Elissa Brown, Partnerships and Community Support Coordinator, Sierra Nevada Conservancy

  • Dr. Daniel Sanchez, Cooperative Extension Specialist, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, University of California-Berkeley
  • Dr. Jonathan Kusel, Executive Director, Sierra Institute for the Community and the Environment
  • Steve Wilensky, Board Chair, Calaveras Healthy Impact Product Solutions

10:30–10:45 Break

10:45–11:45 Panel 2—Growing the Restoration Economy

Moderator: Elliott Vander Kolk, Regional Forester, Sierra Nevada Conservancy

  • Zach Knight, CEO, Blue Forest Conservation
  • Daniel Adler, Senior Advisor for Climate Finance, Governor’s Office of Business & Economic Development
  • Kristin York, Vice President and Business Innovation Director, Sierra Business Council; and Board member, Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation

11:45 Wrap Up—Angela Avery

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