Evan Smith

Vice President, Conservation Ventures


Evan SmithEvan oversees programs that invest in green business and working forests to generate both economic and environmental return, giving an entrepreneurial twist to classic conservation. Since joining The Conservation Fund in 1995, Evan has worked to demonstrate that nonprofits can successfully acquire and sustainably manage large tracts of forestland, most recently through launch of the Working Forest Fund.

He serves on the board of directors for the Natural Capital Investment Fund (Investment Committee vice-chair), Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts, Walker Range Fire Protection Association, as well as the Committee for Family Forestlands for the Oregon board of Forestry and the Advisory Council for the College of Forestry at Oregon State University.

Evan is a frequent speaker on conservation finance topics. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Geology and a master’s of Forestry from Yale University.

Contact: esmith@conservationfund.org  503-407-0301

Featured Projects

Reed Forest

Reed Forest

Forests dominate Maine’s landscape, blanketing 90 percent of the state1 and weaving into every fabric of its identity. More than...
Brunswick Forest

Brunswick Forest

The beauty of North Carolina’s beaches and the charm of its small coastal towns beckon travelers from across the...
North Coast Forest Conservation Initiative

North Coast Forest Conservation Initiative

America’s favorite forests include the redwoods along California’s North Coast. The redwood region is known for its raw beauty...

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Usal Redwood Forest

Usal Redwood Forest

Almost twice the size of San Francisco, the 50,000-acre Usal Redwood Forest, in Mendocino County, is a classic sweep...
Restoring A Forest - And Home For The Coastal Tailed Frog

Restoring A Forest - And Home For The Coastal Tailed Frog

When The Conservation Fund purchased the 24,000-acre Garcia River Forest in the heart of Northern California’s redwood country in...
Northern Forestlands

Northern Forestlands

Did you know that more than half of the forestland in the United States is privately owned and therefore...
Gualala River Forest

Gualala River Forest

Next door to our Garcia River Forest, the 14,000-acre Gualala River Forest shares its remarkable canopy of redwoods and...
Gilchrist State Forest

Gilchrist State Forest

In Klamath County, Oregon, about 45 miles south of the town of Bend, a former timber company town and...
Garcia River Forest

Garcia River Forest

Some of America’s favorite forests are the redwoods along California’s north coast, known for its raw beauty and rich...
Downeast Maine

Downeast Maine

Downeast Maine has a one-of-a-kind beauty, with pristine forests, clean waters, and crisp air. However, sales of significant forest...
Buckeye Forest

Buckeye Forest

More than a decade ago, the Fund set out to reassemble what was once a single forested property stretching...
Big River And Salmon Creek Forests

Big River And Salmon Creek Forests

Although Northern California’s coastal forests have long supported abundant wildlife and a thriving economy—nearly 40 percent of the value...
Adirondack Park

Adirondack Park

Encompassing one-third of the total land area of New York State, Adirondack Park is a unique collection of public...