Pam Hardy

Blue Mountains Forest Partners


Pam Hardy is an attorney in private practice with a specialty in Environmental Law. She has represented a variety of non-profit environmental organizations throughout the Northwest on issues ranging from endangered species to urban growth boundaries. When she entered law school in 2003 she brought a deep commitment to protecting the wild places. Litigation is not her only skill, though. “I went to law school to learn how to solve environmental problems, not just to fight about them,” says Pam. In addition to law she studied mediation and negotiation, spending almost four years as a mediator at the Lane County Courts, and ten years on the Steens Mountain Advisory Council. She joined the Board of Blue Mountains Forest Partners in 2014. When not writing NEPA comments, or at a collaboration meeting Pam enjoys hiking, skiing, whitewater rafting, and yoga.

Presentation Topic

The Economics of Holistic Restoration — Integrating Fuels Reduction with Other Restoration Goals

Presentation Description

Forest management in the form of commercial harvest is often relied upon to fund other elements of forest and watershed restoration work, such as non-commercial thinning, stream restoration, prescribed fire, and aspen fencing. This panel explores the challenges associated with funding “the whole package” of restoration within this funding paradigm. We recognize that completing the full suite of restoration treatments is necessary to achieve broader ecosystem restoration goals and is also vital to keeping conservation voices at the collaborative table, while also creating challenges associated with the economic viability of forest restoration projects. This presentation invites a solutions-oriented conversation on this challenging topic, exploring alternative funding mechanisms, partnerships and incentives.