Plum Creek Timber (A) Harvard Case Solution & Analysis

Plum Creek Timber Co, the sixth-largest private owner of the nation's forests and forest products companies must decide whether to enter into negotiations with the U.S. government to develop a plan for the conservation of habitats (GPU) in the Pacific Northwest properties for endangered species, bull trout. According to the Endangered Species Act, Plum Creek could voluntarily create GPU in exchange for long-term regulatory assurances from the U.S. government. The company must weigh several factors in its decision to start negotiations: whether it can repeat the success of last spotted owls for the GPU, the likelihood the government or third-party claims against the Company, the cost of coordination with several state and federal environmental agencies, and the value of regulatory predictability. "Hide
by Max H. Bazerman, Hannah Riley, Dov Brachfeld, John G. Troast Jr. Source: Harvard Business School 19 pages. Publication Date: August 8, 2000. Prod. #: 801131-PDF-ENG

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