Zach Williams

Blue Mountains Forest Partners


Zach Williams graduated in 2005 from Oregon State University with a B.S. in Environmental Economics Policy Management and a minor in Natural Resource Environmental Law and Policy. Zach is employed by King Inc. in Canyon City, Oregon, where he lives with his wife, Marissa Williams, and their 3 children. Zach is also a member of the Blue Mountains Forest Partners board and Operations Committee.

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.