Working Woodlands

Who’s Involved

The Working Woodlands team helps landowners meet their goals through sustainable forest management.

Working Woodlands is a team effort that combines the Conservancy’s experience with land protection and forest certification with Blue Source’s knowledge of carbon project development to create a program that protects forests, fights climate change, and works for private landowners. The landowner is the most important part of Working Woodlands and the following team will work to ensure that each landowner achieves their goals through sustainable forest management.  

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Michael Eckley, CF
Director of Forest Conservation, The Nature Conservancy

Mike is a Society of American Foresters (SAF) Certified Forester and is Director of Forest Conservation for The Nature Conservancy in Pennsylvania. He provides oversight in managing the Conservancy’s preserves, which include two Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified properties (West Branch Research and Demonstration Forest and Brush Mountain Woodlands). Prior to joining the Conservancy, Mike spent several years working as a state land management forester with the Ohio Division of Forestry and as a service forester with the Virginia Department of Forestry.

His interests include sustainable forest management, landowner cooperatives, and the social aspects associated with maintaining a working forest landscape. Eckley received a B.S. in Forest Resources Management with a minor in Communications from West Virginia University and an M.S. in Forestry at the University of Maine-Orono.

Joshua Parrish, CMA
Director of Land Protection, The Nature Conservancy

Josh is the Director of Land Protection with The Nature Conservancy in Pennsylvania. He works to engage landowners in conservation related programs and was responsible for developing the financial analysis, business plan, and outreach strategies for Working Woodlands. He currently manages Working Woodlands and all other land protection programs.

Prior to joining the Conservancy in 2006, Josh was the Director of Finance and Operations for the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh. He holds a B.S. in Professional Accountancy from Pennsylvania State University and is a Certified Management Accountant through the Institute of Management Accountants. Josh has a personal commitment to conservation and enjoys hiking, traveling, hunting, and fishing.

Roger Williams, Blue Source
Vice President of Portfolio Development

Roger Williams is Vice President of Portfolio Development at Blue Source and runs the company’s San Francisco office. His responsibilities include sourcing and commercializing verified emission reductions from Blue Source’s aggregated offset portfolio.  Roger’s areas of expertise include environmental market design and implementation, environmental finance and greenhouse gas abatement project development. Roger also serves as chairman of the Carbon Offset Providers Coalition.  Prior to joining Blue Source, Roger held management and business development positions at WorldWater & Power Corp., Kirell Energy Systems, ICLEI’s Cities for Climate Protection Campaign and Cantor CO2e.  Roger has extensive experience in international sustainable development and is fluent in Spanish having served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala. Roger holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Duke University and a Masters in Industrial Environmental Management from Yale University.

Jeff Cole, Blue Source
Director of Portfolio Development

Jeff Cole is Director of Portfolio Development, responsible for expanding Blue Sources portfolio of GHG reduction projects and offsets.  Prior to Blue Source, Jeff was Senior Associate with California Environmental Associates where he designed environmental, climate, and chemical management strategies for clients and served as Program Director of the non-profit Chemical Strategies Partnership.  Previously, Jeff co-founded an environmental software company and led its expansion into the European market, developed product marketing plans for renewable energy companies in North America and Asia, and was an investment banker with Goldman Sachs in New York and Hong Kong. Jeff holds an MBA and MA in Energy and Resources, both from UC Berkeley, and a BA in Economics and Asian Studies from Dartmouth College.