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ISF Press Release on Palco/ScoPac bankruptcy filing
ISF on Palco/ScoPac Bankruptcy Filing: Financing Conservation Forestry requires upfront investments to protect conservation values in working forests.

Much of the current debate surrounding Pacific Lumber Company (PL) and Scotia Pacific’s (Scopac) recent bankruptcy filing is focused on the funds extracted from the company and environmental considerations in elements of its Headwaters deal.

Managing Scopac properties based on community forestry standards offers significant benefits in both economic and ecological terms:

  • Increased late seral stage stand conditions from 12% to 54% of the overall acreage in the first 30 years, 100% in 60 years.
  • $3 billion in long-term debt-free income over the second 30 years – double the long-term income and local economic impact of the Traditional Timber Management Model in the same period.
  • Steady increases in forest inventories and productivity throughout 60+ years that will position Scopac properties to maximize their biological capacity to meet a significant proportion of California’s lumber needs on an economically and environmentally sustainable long-term basis.
  • Steady increases in the provision of ecosystem services throughout 60+ years including carbon storage, water quality and in-stream and upslope wildlife habitat.

It’s time for efforts to resolve this dispute to focus on creating the financial mechanisms, policy instruments and ownership structures that will enable new owners and investors, committed to conservation values as well as long-term productivity, to make the necessary financial commitments.

Financing Sustainability - A Case in Point
Financing Sustainability: Despite up-front costs, Conservation Forestry generates more income over 60 year period.

A new study released by the non-profit Institute for Sustainable Forestry (ISF) demonstrates the long-term financial advantages of an ecologically-responsible “Community Forest” management model. The study found that this balanced, environmentally-sensitive approach to forestry would generate $1.1 billion more income than traditional industrial timber management over a 60-year period.

Future Forests on the North Coast
On October 27th a broad spectrum over 60 forest advocates, landowners, professional foresters, conservation groups, timber companies and forest practitioners gathered in Eureka, Ca to discuss a shared goal: Maintain Healthy and Productive Working Forests on the North Coast. The Institute for Sustainable Forestry (ISF) organized the Future Forests working session in response to the impact of rising Humboldt County land values on the economic viability of maintaining large blocks of forestland for timber production, rural quality of life and conservation values.

ISF in the North Coast Journal - Finding Common Ground Over Timber

ISF's March 2005 Commentary in the North Coast Journal: After more than a century as the cornerstone of the North Coast economy, lumber companies are in trouble. Industry spokespeople find it easy to blame the high cost of regulation and environmental activism for their economic difficulties. But, a closer look at the overall forest products industry reveals a different perspective....

Community Forestry: Nick's Interns trail building at So Hum Community Park forest restoration project
ISF, Nick's Interns and SHCP work togther to provide a community access trail through SHCP's demonstration restoration and community forestry project.

ISF and Working Forest Group
Institute for Sustainable Forestry and the Working Forest Group to provide forest management and planning services to foresters, companies, and organizations that seek the highest standards of forest management.

ISF State of Sustainability Report Summary
This report summary reviews recent global, national, state and local trends in the softwood lumber industry and provides a brief summary of policy issues in sustainable forestry. The report was written and distributed as background for ISF's June 26th, 2004 Community Planning Session in Briceland, CA.

ISF Position Paper - Press Release

The Institute for Sustainable Forestry has just released a position paper outlining its vision for sustainable timber management and sustainable timber harvest in Northwestern California. In releasing the position paper ISF is calling on Second District Supervisorial candidates to agree to promote ISF's vision and recommendations for reinvigorating the timber industry in Southern Humboldt County.

Sustainable Hardwoods Update
Update on ISF's California native hardwood development efforts and the Sustainable Hardwood Network on the northcoast.

Woody Biomass Utilization Forum Presentations
ISF Woody Biomass Utilization Forum, wood chips, forest residues, electric energy generation, heat