Conservation Equity Management

Founding Date

Conservation Equity Management is an environmental sustainability private equity firm. Founded in 2021, the firm invests in conservation mitigation, forestlands, rangelands, and alternative energy infrastructure strategies. CEM’s team has more than 30 years of experience identifying conservation and environmental mitigation assets while applying value-driven ecosystem enhancement techniques to capture step-up valuations. CEM merges traditional natural resource management, real estate investment and ecological services while developing, operating and monetizing integrated conservation strategies. Their projects include rural land investment, regulatory-driven ecological offsets and legacy asset development.


  • The firm aims to create value by enhancing ecosystems, mitigating environmental impacts, and developing conservation solutions. 

  • Their approach combines traditional natural resource management with real estate investment and ecological services to generate both financial and environmental returns.

  • Their business model is based on acquiring undervalued land, applying ecological management tools to enhance its value, and monetizing the enhanced land through various strategies.


  • Sustainable timber harvesting.

    Selectively harvests trees on its properties to generate income while maintaining healthy forest ecosystems.

  • Prescribed burning.

    Conducts controlled burns on its properties to reduce fire hazards, promote native plant growth, and improve wildlife habitat.

  • Mitigation banking.

    Develops and sells mitigation credits to offset the environmental impacts of development projects.

  • Conservation easements.

    Partners with landowners to place conservation easements on their properties, permanently restricting development and preserving their natural value.

  • Land sale or development.

    May sell or develop enhanced land for recreational, residential, or commercial purposes.

CEM's activities have a positive impact on the environment by:

  • Protecting and restoring ecosystems.

    Their efforts protect and restore critical habitats for plants, animals, and other organisms.

  • Improving water quality.

    Their practices improve water quality by reducing erosion and filtering pollutants.

  • Mitigating climate change.

    Their conservation efforts help to mitigate climate change by sequestering carbon dioxide in trees and vegetation.

  • Promoting biodiversity.

    Their practices promote biodiversity by creating and maintaining healthy ecosystems that support a variety of plant and animal life.