The FRB Development Team

The development team is responsible for fostering collaboration among the many stakeholders and advancing the FRB to market. The team includes project developer Blue Forest Conservation, impact investing firm Encourage Capital, and environmental NGO World Resources Institute.

Blue Forest Conservation

Blue Forest Conservation

Blue Forest Conservation (BFC) is a mission-driven project development firm focused solely on leading the FRB development process. With expertise in hydrology, finance, philanthropy, engineering, and government, the BFC team coordinates with partners to manage all aspects of FRB development.

Encourage Capital

Encourage Capital

Encourage Capital is a leading investment firm that seeks to solve critical environmental and social problems with investment capital. Encourage Capital is a key partner for the fundraising, financial structuring, and execution of the FRB.

World Resource Institute

World Resource Institute

The World Resources Institute (WRI) is a global non-profit research organization that seeks to create equity and prosperity through sustainable natural resources management. WRI brings a diverse set of decision-making tools to the FRB that will help support engagement and adoption of the FRB among stakeholders.

Project Partners

The FRB is an interdisciplinary, collaborative solution to a complex problem that builds off decades of work from academic institutions, NGOs, and government. Project partners include the US Forest Service, the American Forest Foundation, the National Forest Foundation, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, and the US Endowment for Forestry and Communities.

Research Partners

Researchers and academics are crucial to the quantification and valuation of forest restoration benefits over the life of the FRB. Partners include the Sierra Nevada Research Institute at the University of California Merced, the Natural Capital Project, and Water in the West at Stanford University.

Project Funders

The development of the FRB relies on the generous support of a number of public and private funders including The Rockefeller Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

Pro Bono Legal Partners

A core piece of the FRB is the contracting with beneficiaries and other stakeholders. The development team is fortunate to receive pro bono legal support from Orrick, Herrington, & Sutcliffe LLP and Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schrek, LLP.