Sustainable Business Practices

Creating balance between profitability and long-term sustainability

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Promoting a shared stewardship model

Many forests provide multiuse ecosystems that support recreation as well as diverse wildlife habitats that can present licensed hunting, fishing, and food gathering opportunities. Forests also help mitigate the pressures on wilderness areas when foresters use a holistic approach to manage forest health and a sustainable timber harvest, which requires understanding and compromise under a shared stewardship model. These models illuminate the value that forests provide to regional watershed services in providing clean water, erosion control, surface flow regulation, and stream bank stabilization for present and future generations.


Enhance sustainable forest management

Spatial analysis and data science

Explore a wide array of vector, raster, and real-time data types with powerful analytical tools to uncover new patterns and trends that can lead to greater understanding.

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Highest and best use tools

Determine the optimal use of forest land using the best data and science tools available to create the most equitable usage balance.

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Easy-to-share visual plans

Use web maps and apps to share data, projects, and plans easily between forest stewardship groups, and elicit feedback from informed stakeholders.

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Forestry and mapping support a changing industry

GIS analysis supports critical decisions about white oak sourcing and stave mill siting. USFS surveys forest health to aid in sustainability.

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