Reese Lolley, Director of Forest Restoration and Fire

"Forests, fire, and people: learning together to thrive in a fire environment."


Reese Lolley is Director of Forest Restoration and Fire for The Nature Conservancy in Washington.  Reese works with Conservancy staff and partners to develop and implement strategies to conserve, connect and restore the forests of Washington, increasing benefits to those that live, play, and work in these magnificent places.  

He is engaged with collaborative groups such as the Tapash Forest Collaborative and the Washington Prescribed Fire Council, and Reese is a founding and Steering Committee member of the Washington Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network.  He shares and exchanges lessons learned with the Conservancy’s Restore American’s Forests and Fire Learning Network.

Prior to his current position, Reese worked for The Nature Conservancy as a fire ecologist in partnership with the Gila National Forest in New Mexico, as well as for the Forest Service in Montana and Washington. He has over 25 years of experience in applied research and forest management in fire-dependent forest ecosystems. Reese earned a Master’s of Science from the University of Washington with a focus on forest fire behavior and ecology, and a B.S. from Western Washington University emphasizing forest policy. Reese lives in Yakima, Washington with his wife and two sons who enjoy skiing, mountain biking, and raising food on their small farm.