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International Paper (IP)
Interforest conducted an assessment of IP's Division of Forest Resources, which manages land holdings in the southeast, Gulf coast and northeast. The objectives were to define the characteristics of a world-class forest products company and its approach to sustainable development, particularly including professional development of its staff; assess IP's current Forest Resources organization and activities in comparison to the world-class benchmark; and use the assessment to suggest opportunities that would move IP rapidly toward the benchmark.

The Trust for Public Land (TPL)
Working with TPL and other private and state organizations, Interforest helped identify landscape-level conservation and economic goals for the 171,000 acre Connecticut River Headwaters Project in northern New Hampshire. We brought together numerous stakeholders to identify conservation and economic goals. We used a sophisticated planning and modeling approach, the Scheduling and Network Analysis Program (SNAP), to model landowner objectives. The spatially explicit output of this approach can be used to develop draft management plans that meet all stated objectives.

Intertribal Timber Council (ITC)
The Intertribal Timber Council (ITC) contracted directly with Interforest to manage the second national assessment of tribal forestry by the Indian Forestry Management Assessment Team (IFMAT II). This national level assessment compares current tribal forestry programs with conditions in 1992, when IFMAT I analyzed tribal forestry, to determine if improvement has been made. The assessment takes into account the unique nature of tribal forestry as well as universal forestry issues, such as globalization of timber markets and carbon sequestration, in order to provide a robust analysis of tribal forestry in a new millennium. By evaluating specific tribal reservation forests around the country, IFMAT is able to determine the general condition of tribal forestry and make recommendations for the Intertribal Timber Council. The analysis and recommendations affect Tribes and Federal administration of trust responsibility.

Open Space Institute - Northern Forest Protection Fund
Interforest provides consulting services to review and analyze applications for grants to purchase protected lands, working forest easements, and recreational easements, including the application of certification as a monitoring protocol. Interforest also reviews ongoing and projected forest operations, proposed easements, and integrated assessment of projects across multiple scales and objectives.

State of Maine, Bureau of Parks and Lands
Interforest coordinated an overlapping SFI and FSC certification team for State of Maine Public Lands (500,000 acres). This forest is managed for financial return, ecological protection and recreational use.

Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Interforest coordinated a dual SFI and FSC certification team for Yale University forest (8,000 acres). This is a working forest, used also for research and education.

The Pacific Lumber Company
Interforest leads the SFI certification for Pacific Lumber Company (200,000 ac). PALCO's forests are in the heart of the redwood region, arguably the most valuable and productive forests in the world. The team was asked to review issues relating to management of old growth stands, roads, and endangered species protection.

The Klamath Tribes
Interforest worked with the Klamath Tribes to develop a Forest Sustainability Strategy and Plan for approximately 700,000 acres in Southern Oregon as part of a program intended to restore tribal trust lands.

Willamette Industries
ISO 14001 Environmental Management System Gap Analysis. Interforest assisted with the development of an ISO system constructed on the framework of its SFI program.

Boise-Cascade Corporation
Review of range of certification options including a report on alternatives for assuring sustainable forest management.

Trillium Corporation
Certification options review and strategic plan. The plan called for changes in harvesting practices to develop more late seral habitat as well as greater input from the various stakeholders. The changes to silvicultural treatments have led to improved aesthetics, wildlife habitats and biological health and growth of the forest trees. The project involved managing all native species in an economically efficient manner.

The Candlewood Timber Group, Inc.
Development of comprehensive sustainability strategy, including a review of certification options. Interforest created a unique partnership arrangement involving ownership and involvement of the local stakeholders, private financing, local political support, regional university research support, and an interdisciplinary project management team to develop and implement the long-term management plan, provided by Interforest. All of the practices on the property are certifiable, although formal certification has been postponed until one of the certifying bodies emerges as a leader.

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