Our policies for Sustainable Forestry Initiative Compliance
- Sustainable Forestry – We practice sustainable forestry methods to sustain our current demands without compromising the ability to provide for future generations. We are stewards of the land and integrate reforestation and the management, growing, nurturing and harvesting of trees for useful products and ecosystem services like conservation of soil, air and water quality, carbon, biological diversity, wildlife and aquatic habitats, recreation and aesthetics.
- Forest Productivity and Health – Our goal is to provide for regeneration after harvest. We maintain the productive capacity of the forestland base, and protect and maintain long-term forest and soil productivity. We strive to protect our forests from economically and environmentally undesirable levels of wildfire, pest, diseases, invasive exotic plants and animals, and other damaging agents and thus maintain and improve long-term forest health and productivity.
- Protection of Water Resources – We ensure water bodies and riparian areas are protected, and adhere to forestry best management practices to protect water quality.
- Protection of Biological Diversity – We manage forests in ways that protect and promote biological diversity, including animal and plant species, wildlife habitats, and ecological or natural community types.
- Aesthetics and Recreation – We manage the visual impacts of forest operations, and provide recreational opportunities for the public.
- Protection of Special Sites – We manage lands that are ecologically, geologically or culturally important in a manner that takes into account their unique qualities.
- Responsible Fiber Sourcing Practices in North America
We use and promote among other forest landowners sustainable forestry practices that are both scientifically credible and economically, environmentally and socially responsible.
- Legal Compliance – We comply with applicable federal, provincial, state, and local forestry and related environmental laws, statutes and regulations.
- Research – We support advancement in sustainable forest management through forest research, science and technology.
- Training and Education – We work to improve the practice of sustainable forestry through continous training and educational programs.
- Community Involvement and Social Responsibility – We aim to broaden the practice of sustainable forestry on all our lands through community involvement, social responsible practices, and through recognition and respect of Indigenous Peoples’ rights and traditional forest-related knowledge.
- Transparency – We work to broaden the understanding of forest certification to the “SFI 2015-2019 Forest Management Standards” by documenting certification audits and making the findings publicly available.
- Continual Improvement – We work to continually improve the practice of forest management, and to monitor, measure, and report performance in achieving the commitment to sustainable forestry.