Dave Wager is a forest ecologist, entrepreneur, and proven leader in natural resource management. As owner of Wise River Forestry, Dave provides certification and technical assistance services to entities managing and processing natural resources in accordance with internationally recognized norms of environmentally and socially responsible management, with a focus on FSC certification. Prior to founding Wise River Forestry, Dave was the Forest Management Director at SCS Global. Dave spent ten years managing and leading Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) endorsed certification assessments on more than 100 forest management operations covering over 25 million acres of forestland across 16 countries. As a certification practitioner, Dave Wager has led FSC forest management and chain-of-custody assessments on a range of private and public operations across North America, Asia, and Latin America. In other natural resources work, Dave played a key role in the development of Starbucks CAFE Practices- a program to ensure procurement of sustainably grown and processed coffee.
In 2009, Wager founded Tree Ring Co. to turn low value products from restoration forestry into high value pens and watches. Dave designs, manufacturers, and sells a unique collection of wood products that display a tree’s annual growth rings.
Dave has expertise in forest ecology and business (B.S. Business, Skidmore College; M.S. Forest Resources, Utah State University). While studying forest ecology at Utah State University, Dave was awarded a NASA Graduate Student Research Fellowship to develop dendrochronological techniques to assess Douglas-fir growth in Utah’s Central Wasatch Mountains. Dave is a certified ISO 9001:2008 Lead Auditor.