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Forestry Cooperatives

Advantages of the cooperative business structure for willow bioenergy producers in New York
S. Edick, M. Downing, South Central New York Resource Conservation and Development Project, Inc.

Balancing Ecology and Economics: A Start- up Guide for Forest Owner Cooperation
by Cooperative Development Services, University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives and the Community Forestry Resource Center. October 2000.

A Brief Reflection on Forestry Cooperatives in the US,
by Emily Sturgess, Kimberly Zeuli, and Mark Rickenbach
UWCC Bulletin
March 2004

Community Forestry Connections seeks to inform and encourage the long-term health and prosperity of small, privately owned woodlots, their owners, and their communities. CFC also highlights events, activities, and resources for individuals and groups interested in independent third-party certification of family forests and wood products.

To view issues of Community Forestry Connections, please select an issue and click "Go"

Documents Needed for Development of a Cooperative
Community Forestry Resource Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 2000

Included below is a basic set of templates for the development of a cooperative. Please select the desired option and click on "GO".

Enhancing the Growth and Economic Viability of Landowner Cooperatives to Improve Sustainable Forest Management in the United States
Nathaniel M. Anderson, Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, May 6, 2003.

Evaluation of Honduran Forestry Cooperatives: Five Case Studies
Michael James Jones, Master of Science in Forestry, Michigan Technological University, 2003.

Forest Co-op "Northern Goshawk Habitat Project"
Living Legacy Trust, April 2004

Forestry Cooperatives:What Today’s Resource Professionals Need to Know
A National Satellite Conference, November 18, 2003

Natural Resource Management Through Rural Cooperatives: Issue of People's Participation and Monitoring
B. Sudhakara Reddy, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research Goregaon, Mumbai, India 2002

Putting nature's powerhouse to work Article about Sustainable Woods Cooperative's operations

Business plan developed by Cooperative Development Services, Madison, WI, for Sustainable Woods Cooperative in Wisconsin. The Executive Summary includes information on potential member services, such as woodland management, harvesting, processing and marketing of timber and value-added wood products.

The University of California Center for Cooperatives has issued two reports:

Minnesota Agro-forestry Co-op

The group has examined what they fundamentally need to do to encourage large scale plantings of hybrid poplars in Minnesota. The Board had determined that the basic mission of the co-op should be to assist growers with the cash-flow issues associated with producing a ten year crop. If the board can successfully launch a program where members can receive some advance payments over the ten year production cycle the co-op should very quickly reach its goal of 25,000 acres of trees in production.

The cooperative has elected to pursue a strategy of creating a "Producer Capitalization Program" to make advance payments to growers over the ten year cycle. These advanced funds would then be retained by the co-op when the trees are marketed in the tenth year and used to keep the base acreage sustainable every year. Growers are not receiving direct subsidies-their advance payments reflect the value of their harvests, which help to amortize the gain on the 10th year harvest by spreading it out for years 6-10.

Further information can be obtained at:

Minnesota Agro-Forestry Cooperative
900 Robert St. Suite 104
Alexandria, Minnesota 56308
Tel: (320) 763-4733

Organizing Forestry Co-operatives in British Columbia: A Handbook
Aaron Welch, Environmental Law Centre, The British Columbia Institute for Co-operative Studies University of Victoria 2001

Seeing the forest for its trees
by Pamela J. Karg Rural Cooperatives January/February 2000

Sustainable Woods Cooperative: Lessons Learned In Its Five Years
Warren Gaskill
Sustainable Woods Cooperative, 2003

UWCC Fact Sheet: Wisconsin Forestry Landowners Cooperatives 2004,
University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives, April 2004

'Without Co-ops There Would Be No Forests!':Historical Memory and the Restitution of Forests in Post-Socialist Bulgaria,
Barbara A. Cellarius, Conservation and Society, 2,1(2004)

Wood Products Cooperatives: Overview and Exploratory Analysis
by Shook, Steven R., Yun Zhang, and Francis G. Wagner.
Forest Products Journal, March 2001

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