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Examples of this pattern in action:

The Collins Almanor Forest: An Experiment in Sustainable Forestry
The Collins Almanor Forest (CAF), part of the resource base of Collins Pine Company, comprises about 95,000 acres located about 180 mile northeast of San Francisco. It straddles the transition of the Western slopes of the Sierra Nevada Range and the Southern Cascade Range. In 1993, the Collins Almanor Forest became the first industrial forestland in the U.S. to be certified for sustainable forestry under the Forest Stewardship Council standards. But the story begins almost 100 years ago...

Organizations whose work incorporate this pattern:

Collins Company



Raskin, Ilya. Phytoremediation of Toxic Materials: Using Plants to Clean Up the Environment. John Wiley and Sons. New York, NY. 1999.

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Pattern Index

A Conservation Economy

Social Capital

Fundamental Needs

Subsistence Rights

Shelter For All


Access To Knowledge


Social Equity


Cultural Diversity

Cultural Preservation

Sense Of Place

Beauty And Play

Just Transitions

Civic Society

Natural Capital

Ecological Land-Use

Connected Wildlands

Core Reserves

Wildlife Corridors

Buffer Zones

Productive Rural Areas

Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainable Forestry

Sustainable Fisheries


Compact Towns And Cities

Human-Scale Neighborhoods

Green Building

Transit Access

Ecological Infrastructure

Urban Growth Boundaries

Ecosystem Services

Watershed Services

Soil Services

Climate Services


Economic Capital

Household Economies

Green Business

Long-Term Profitability

Community Benefit

Green Procurement

Renewable Energy

Sustainable Materials Cycles

Resource Efficiency

Waste As Resource

Product As Service

Local Economies

Value-Added Production

Rural-Urban Linkages

Local Assets

Bioregional Economies

Fair Trade

True Cost Pricing

Product Labeling