APPLETON, Wis. -

Environmental activists say they plan to work with pro-business factions to resolve a longtime dispute over timber management in Wisconsin's Northwoods.

Post-Crescent Media reported that northern Wisconsin activists hope to borrow a strategy used by Greenpeace and Kimberly-Clark Corp. to reach a collaborative agreement on a material the company used that came from Canadian forests. The Northeast Wisconsin Forest Improvement Collaborative is seeking to broker a compromise regarding 1.5 million acres of forest that will please both logging advocates and environmental groups.

Forest County Potawatomi Forester Al Murray facilitates the group and said its goal is to bring together industry, local officials and environmental advocates and find common ground.

The collaborative is aiming to attract investors to subsidize federal funding, highlight the benefits of forest management and coordinate restoration projects.