Dylan Kruse is Policy Director for Sustainable Northwest, a Portland-based conservation group specializing in organizing and managing grass roots collaboratives that work programmatically in forest, water, range land and energy conservation and development. Founded in 1994, the non-profit Strives to identify common ground among rural and urban stakeholders. It currently assists 33 collaborative forest restoration projects in Oregon and Washington.
Mr. Kruse is responsible for Sustainable Northwest’s state and federal legislative activity, which has him on the political front lines, advocating for funding for programs designed to increase the pace and scale of federal lands forest restoration in the two states. He also co-chairs the Oregon Forest Biomass Working Group, holds a board seat with the Biomass Thermal Energy Council, and is a member of the steering committee for the National Rural Assembly.
Mr. Kruse is a Lewis and Clark College graduate, and holds a degree in International Affairs. In this interview, he answers questions concerning Sustainable Northwest’s forestry programs.