The Forest and Biodiversity Conservation Alliance
Conservation Science to Influence Paper Procurement
Depot, the office products retail giant, has joined with NatureServe and
two other leading conservation organizations to form the Forest & Biodiversity
Conservation Alliance. The goal of the company's five-year, $2.2 million effort
is to develop scientific information and tools that will help the company incorporate
conservation science into its paper procurement decisions.
International, and The Nature
Conservancy are the conservation partners in the Alliance, which will undertake
projects in the following priority areas:
- Developing scientific information to improve forest management
- Applying science-based methods for conserving biodiversity
- Enhancing environmental procurement practices
- Training forest managers and scientists
NatureServe's primary role in the Alliance is to develop scientific data, mapping methods, and forest management guidelines on imperiled species in North America and ensure that information and training is available to forest managers.
Since the inception of the Alliance in 2004, NatureServe has achieved the following milestones:
- Carried out initial mapping of Office Depot's forest footprint
- Conducted assessment of rare plants and animals of the Cumberland Plateau, a major center of biodiversity in the U.S.
- Provided new tools and training for foresters and other conservation professionals
release (PDF file, 210K)
Forest & Biodiversity Conservation Alliance agreement