CDS has been involved with the development of over sustainable forest owner cooperatives and associations since January of 1998, providing:
- organizational structure development
- business planning
- grant and loan procurement
- member equity structuring
- other technical assistance
These entities provide a range of services to members, including: land stewardship education, development of woodland management plans, sustainable harvesting, processing, and marketing, among others. These organizations strive to provide their members with a return equal to or greater than what they would get from a traditional timber buyer, while at the same time maintaining or improving the ecological and aesthetic condition of their woods.
CDS is a founding partner in WoodWorks, a national network of co-op development organizations whose mission is to provide educational, technical assistance, and alliance-building services to forest owner and agroforestry cooperatives and associations—both directly and through national, regional, state-level and sub-state partnerships.
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