Breaking Down the Process See the problems differently The interests of the spotted owls, and the nonprofits and government agencies that want to protect them, can be aligned with forestry company operating needs. How can the forest company help solve this conservation challenge? Break Siloes Who has the resources to solve this problem? Forest companies have extensive knowledge about their land that can assist the regulator and environmentalist in figuring out how to have the biggest impact on endangered species. Repurpose How can assets be given new life? Port Blakely’s unique forest management rotation strategy provided a unique opportunity to repurpose their assets for conservation. Their 60+ year historic rotation age makes them an ideal partner to the government to create buffer zones for owl repopulation for the foreseeable future. The government has its own tools and assets to bring to bear on this problem, including their ability to create a safe harbor agreement. Engage Self-interest How do we create sustainable fuel? All the parties want sustainable forests for generations to come. Creating an agreement based in the self-interest of all parties allows each sector to benefit from the project. Re-align What business model changes create the win? This agreement, which prevents cutting in protected areas, delineates other eco-friendly practices, and creates long-term regulatory certainty for participants, can create the necessary ecosystem protection for 60 years to help species return. Aligning these assets to address conservation needs produced a win-win for all, including the northern spotted owl. Learn more about the Safe Harbor Plan.