Plum Creek, the largest and most geographically diverse private landowner in the U.S., joined the Biomass Thermal Energy Council as a sustaining member. Plum Creek manages approximately 7 million acres of timberlands in major timber producing regions of the U.S. and wood products manufacturing facilities in the Northwest. The company serves traditional forest product markets as well as emerging energy markets for biomass. A longstanding practitioner of sustainable forestry, in 1999 Plum Creek became the first company to have all of its lands certified to Sustainable Forestry Initiative standards. Mike Jostrom, director of renewable resources at Plum Creek, will be joining the BTEC board of directors.