The Build Local Alliance is a community catalyst drawing together and supporting people, businesses, and organizations committed to connecting Good Wood from local forests with local projects.

Since 2005 the BLA has effectively and creatively worked to fulfill its mission.  Activities and resources have facilitated connections, learning, and discussions that have contributed to hundreds of successful projects throughout the region.  Both forests and related communities are stronger because of the market connections that continue to be made.

Our mission is to improve the vitality of local forests and related human communities by connecting local, responsibly grown and processed wood with local projects.  We are a 501(c)(3) organization governed by a volunteer board.



Our focus is the area of NW Oregon and SW Washington that is delineated by a line connecting Astoria, Mt. Adams, the South Sister, Florence, and Astoria.

BLA Board Members

The Build Local Alliance Board at a 2019 planning retreat.


Glenn Ahrens – Forester, Oregon State University Extension
Rowan Braybrook – Director of Programs, Northwest Natural Resource Group
Caitilin Pope Daum – Landscape Architect – Principal, Studio Wild Landscape Architecture LLC
Nathan Dinihianian – Furniture Maker, Dinihanian
Jake Foster – Sales Associate, Sustainable Northwest Wood
Pam Hayes (Secretary and Treasurer) – Forest owner, Hyla Woods
Peter Hayes – Forest owner, Hyla Woods
Michelle Jeresek – Architect and owner, Ivon Street Studios
Jenn Lanius – Architect and Project Manager, EMS Architecture LLC
Lizzie Marsters – Natural Infrastructure Finance Manager for World Resources Institute
Kel Moody – Business Consultant for Certified B Corps
Brandy Saffell – Forest Conservation Specialist, Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District
Kaola Swanson (Chair) – Forest Program Director, Sustainable Northwest

Good Wood Statement of Values


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Tax deductible donations and offers of volunteer help are essential and appreciated; please contact info@buildlocalalliance.org to learn more.