New Initiative to Assist Landowners with Ecosystem Market Opportunities


(St. Paul, MN) – The Great Lakes Forest Alliance has launched a project to encourage forest landowners to participate in new and emerging markets, including ecosystem markets.


“Market opportunities in areas such as bioenergy, carbon, water quality, and recreation, offer exciting opportunities that may support the different ways landowners want to use their forests, while also supporting environmental care,” says Mike Prouty, Executive Director of the Great Lakes Forest Alliance.


Funding for the project is through the Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry, US Forest Service.  Dovetail Partners, a Minneapolis-based non-profit environmental organization, is a collaborator on the project.


“This project will provide a network of resources to help landowners understand the management considerations and market potentials of these ecosystem opportunities,” says Kathryn Fernholz, Executive Director of Dovetail Partners.


Over the next two years, the initiative will include development of an information toolbox as well as focus group meetings to explore landowner interests, questions and needs for information and assistance.  A regional Private Lands Summit is planned as a capstone for the project to help deliver the toolbox information and engage with landowners throughout the upper Midwest.


“The Great Lakes Forest Alliance serves the forests and forest-based communities throughout Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, and Ontario.  With our partners we work collaboratively to address the shared interests and opportunities of this region, and working across borders helps us recognize our inter-connectedness,” says Prouty.



About the Great Lakes Forest Alliance
The Great Lakes Forest Alliance, Inc. is a non-profit organization established to foster and facilitate cooperative efforts that enhance management and sustainable use of public and private forest lands in Michigan, Minnesota, Ontario, and Wisconsin.