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    Trends with Benefits #38: Economic Benefits of Forest Conservation with Laurie Wayburn

    Ed Lopez, Head of ETF Product
    December 15, 2020
     

    In this episode, I speak with Laurie Wayburn, an accomplished forest and conservation innovator about her work sustaining America's forests while simultaneously creating economic benefit for landowners and communities.


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    Seeing the Forest for the Trees

    Laurie is co-founder and President of Pacific Forest Trust (PCF) an accredited non-profit conservation land trust and policy think-tank that advances forest conservation and stewardship solutions. Drawing on her deep experience and work in environmental conservation, Laurie has been a pioneer in the space and has demonstrated that sustainable management can be united with market-based approaches.

    The PCF manages the Van Eck Forest Project which is comprised of over 9,000 acres of forest in California and Oregon. Laurie and I chat about how these "living forest laboratories" have been a model of how sustainability and economic returns can co-exist.

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    Head of ETF Product

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