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Bill Stanley

State Director, Ohio

Dublin, OH


    Climate change, forestry, freshwater, stream & wetland mitigation, agriculture


Bill Stanley is the state director for The Nature Conservancy in Ohio, where he sets strategy and leads a team that protects lands and waters, helps to provide food and water sustainably, connects people and nature, builds healthy cities and works to address climate change.

He believes that it is not only possible to have thriving economies, rich cultural opportunities and preserved natural communities, but that these are mutually supportive. The path to success includes taking more time to listen, and collaborating with businesses, governments and communities. 

Previously at the Conservancy, Bill was the assistant state director and Agnes S. Andreae director of conservation for 10 years. Prior to that he directed the Global Climate Change Initiative, where he led forest carbon science research in support of projects that help to eliminate carbon pollution, and also designed approaches to reduce the threats posed by sea level rise, weather variability and climate change. He has been with TNC for 20 years.  Before joining the Conservancy he was as an environmental consultant dealing with toxic chemicals and emergency response, working primarily along the U.S. and Mexico border and with Native Americans.

He is a manager, strategist, forest scientist, climate change specialist and collaborator with strong success managing multi-disciplinary teams in order to solve local and global problems. He is most excited by the tangible results he and his teams have achieved over the last 20 years through conservation in forests, freshwater, and agricultural settings. Much of this work was made possible by the innovative, and sometimes pioneering, approaches that he and his team develop to simultaneously meet the needs of governments, businesses, communities and the environment.

Bill holds a BA in environmental science, with a minor in foreign affairs from The University of Virginia and a forest science (MFS) degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Recent News Coverage Including Bill: 

Publications include:

  • Dr. Jeffrey Reutter, Ph.D. and William G. Stanley: Understanding Climate Change and How it Contributes to Nutrient/HAB/Dead Zone Problems in Lake Erie and other Waters
  • Carrie Vollmer-Sanders, Andrew Allman, Doug Busdeker, Laura Beal Moody and William G. Stanley. Building partnerships to scale up conservation: 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program in the Lake Erie watershed. Journal of Great Lakes Research. October 2016.
  • USDA. Central Appalachians Forest Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment and Synthesis: A Report from the Central Appalachians Climate Change Response Framework Project.  Co-Author. USFS Northern Research Station General Technical Report NRS-146. February 2015.
  • Marc Conte, Erik Nelson, Karen Carney, Cinzia Fissore, Nasser Olwero, Andrew J. Plantinga, Bill Stanley and Taylor Ricketts. Terrestrial carbon sequestration and storage. Chapter 7 in Natural Capital: Theory and Practice of Mapping Ecosystem Services. Kareiva, Tallis, Ricketts, Daily and Polasky, Editors. Oxford University Press. 2011.
  • Bronson Griscom, David Shoch, Bill Stanley, Rane Cortez, Nicole Virgilio. Sensitivity of amounts and distribution of tropical forest carbon credits depending on baseline rules. Environmental Science and Policy. 2009;7:897–911. doi: 10.1016/j.envsci.2009.07.008. 2009.
  • Griscom, Bronson; Ganz, David ; Virgilio, Nicole ; Price, Fran ; Hayward, Jeff ; Cortez, Rane ; Dodge, Gary ; Hurd, Jack ; Lowenstein, Frank L. and Stanley, Bill. The Hidden Frontier of Forest Degradation: Review of the Science, Policy and Practice of Reducing Degradation Emissions. The Nature Conservancy. 2009.
  • CCBA. Climate, Community and Biodiversity Project Design Standards (First Edition co-author).  CCBA.  Washington, DC.  May 2005 at 
  • Stanley, W.G. and F.M. Montagnini.  Biomass and nutrient accumulation in pure and mixed plantations of indigenous species grown on poor soils in the humid tropics of Costa Rica.  Forest Ecology and Management.  1999.
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Great American Outdoors Act Passes U.S. House

July 22, 2020

Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Great American Outdoors Act, which will fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and restore national parks by helping address the backlog of maintenance needs.

The Great American Outdoors Act represents one of the biggest moves in a decade to protect America’s most important and beloved lands and waters. We thank Ohio Congressional Members Anthony Gonzalez, Joyce Beatty, Marcy Kaptur, and Steve Stivers for cosponsoring this legislation in the House. We also thank Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown who supported this bill when it passed the Senate on June 17, 2020.

The Great American Outdoors Act provides full and permanent funding of $900 million each year for LWCF, which is supported by royalties from offshore oil and gas revenues—not taxpayer dollars. It has been used for more than 50 years to protect places in every state in the nation, including Ohio’s Wayne National Forest, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, East Fork State Park, the James Garfield National Historic Site, and roughly 1,500 other sites in Ohio.

It also invests $1.9 billion annually for the next five years in deferred maintenance for lands managed by the National Park Service, USDA Forest Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Indian Education. With more than 2.2 million visits per year, Cuyahoga Valley National Park is one of the country’s busiest national parks and an important natural asset for which to ensure funding.

The Great American Outdoors Act comes at a crucial time. Investments in conservation are powerful drivers of economic growth that multiply local, state and national economies. According to a recent study conducted by researchers at the Ohio State University, in an average year there are 171 million outdoor recreation trips in Ohio. These trips infuse $5.9 billion in spending into the state’s economy every year. All told, approximately 132,000 Ohioans are employed in the outdoor recreation sector, which contributes $8.1 billion to our economy. 

Parks across our state have seen a huge increase in visitation as people opt for outdoor activity, where it is easier to maintain social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now more than ever it is imperative that we provide funding for our parks and other outdoor spaces. We are glad to see the bipartisan cooperation in Congress that led to the passage of the Great America Outdoors Act, the biggest win for conservation of America’s parks in a generation. We look forward to seeing President Trump sign this landmark legislation. 

Bill Stanley
State Director