Increasingly, forest management is being accomplished through community consensus and collaboration. These collaboratives offer strategic forest products businesses the opportunity to both participate and profit.

Tools, Resources & Opportunities for Collaboration

Ways Collaboratives Can Affect Your Business

  • Determine management treatments and priorities
  • Affect the nature and quality of biomass being removed and available for product utilization
  • Secure funding and grants
  • Explore new biomass markets
  • Industry policy and advocacy
  • Establish relationships with private and public land managers
  • Increase business marketing and outreach strategies

An Atlas for Collaboration in Colorado

The Center for Collaborative Conservation (CCC) at Colorado State University has published the Atlas of Collaborative Conservation in Colorado (Huayhuaca, Ch’aska and Robin Reid).

Among the nearly 200 collaboratives, almost 20 represent a forest health or forest management emphasis. Most of these collaboratives recognize the contributions and necessity for viable industry and actively seek participation and support from members of the forest products industry.

Pass your cursor over the map above to zoom in on an area. The circled numbers on the map correspond to the Map #s cited in the table below.

Community Tools & Perspectives of Forest Industry & the Collaborative Process

Community Biomass Handbook IV & Biomass Facility Economic Modeling

Enterprise Development for Integrated Wood Products Manufacturing
This Community Biomass Handbook serves as a guide for creating sustainable business enterprises using small diameter logs and biomass.

Community Biomass Handbook

The handbook provides useful information when considering biomass utilization and guides users through a collaborative four stage project development by 1) creating mutual understanding, 2) Integrated approach to biomass utilization, 3) biomass enterprise economic model, and 4) mobilizing to create action.

John Day Forest Collective – Video Diary

This video diary provides a look into an Oregon community’s opportunities and challenges in establishing a collaborative process, with commentary and perspective from the participants.

John Day Video Diary

John Day’s local sawmill faced imminent closure and yet it played a significant role in developing (and ultimately profited from) a collaborative process.

he USFS is partnering with CSFS & others to promote biomass businesses
The Oregon Department of Forestry promotes biomass