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Dan Spethmann

Ecological Economics Research

Dan is a founding member and Managing Partner of Working Lands Investment Partners, LLC.  He has more than 30 years of experience in natural resource management.  Previously Dan was Manager of Investment Programs for New Forests, Inc. where he helped to raise and place institutional and private capital into ecosystem markets. Prior to this, he participated in the Non Timber Resources Development effort at Temple-Inland, Inc. where he worked to develop stream and wetlands mitigation instruments, working forest conservation easements, and endangered species credit programs.  He was Founder and President of Strategic Controls Corporation which provided supervisory control and data acquisition systems for the natural gas industry.  He also served as Project Manager at Moncon, Inc. where he provided controls systems for hydroelectric facilities as well as the municipal water and wastewater industries.  

Dan is completing Doctoral research at Georgetown University this year.  The focus is on the ethical stewardship of natural resources developing a balance of methods to capture the range of guiding values from instrumental (quantitative) to intrinsic (qualitative), from the perspective of current and future generations.  The intent is for this work to help guide environmental stewardship policy development and implementation.

He holds a Ph.D. in Forest Economics from Stephen F. Austin State University, an MS in Forestry from the University of Wisconsin Madison, and a BS in Biology from the University of Wisconsin. He is an adjunct faculty member at Stephen F. Austin State University.