Next Generation Conservation - Investing in Ecosystem Services

Thursday, May 6, 2010
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
OSU, LaSells Stewart Center Construction & Engineering Auditorium

Sally Collins was named Director of the USDA Office of Environmental Markets (OEM) in December 2008. OEM plays an instrumental role advancing markets for ecosystem services provided by farms, forests, and ranches across the country. As Director, Collins supports the USDA Secretary in developing uniform, science-based guidelines and the infrastructure necessary to make environmental markets function, including procedures and tools for measuring, reporting, and registering ecosystem services produced by land management activities.

Sally began working in Washington D.C. in 1999 as Associate Deputy Chief for the U.S. Forest Service’s National Forest System. In 2001 she was appointed Associate Chief of the agency, sharing responsibility for all Forest Service programs, budgets, and personnel. With more than 25 years in public service, Sally has held a number of positions including Forest Supervisor of the Deschutes National Forest; she has also served as wilderness specialist, environmental planner, energy minerals coordinator, and Youth Conservation Corps leader. Sally was born in Ames, Iowa. She received a BS from the University of Colorado and a Master’s degree from the University of Wyoming.