As a company that works with wood products every day, we know how important it is to ensure that your corrugated boxes and brand-new pallets come from a sustainable source. While we source our wood pulp from recycled inputs and sustainable timber from other companies, we personally manage several forests in Oregon, Washington, and California as part of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. Read on to find out why sustainable forestry is important and how we’re giving back with our well-managed timberlands.
Why Sustainable Forestry?
It is estimated that 31 percent of the earth’s land area consists of forests, although this number is rapidly decreasing. Whether dry brush forest, rainforest, or tropical jungle, these forests provide a home, food, and livelihoods to up to 40 percent of the rural poor as well as innumerable species of animals that would otherwise become extinct.
When these forests are burnt or deforested intentionally, not only do thousands of people and animals lose their home, but the loss of the forest’s cooling effects lead to a hotter and drier world for everyone. Sustainable forest management seeks to address these concerns through the responsible management of productive timberlands.
Fruit Growers Supply and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) is a certification program offered in Canada and the USA that sets standards for sustainable forest management in the areas of economy, environment, and social impact. Many of these standards are developed in collaboration with Indigenous Peoples and ensure robust, biodiverse forest systems with sustainable harvesting and near-immediate replanting.
The forests that Fruit Growers Supply Co. cares for in the states of Oregon, Washington, and California are managed according to Sustainable Forestry Initiative standards and are independently audited to ensure that they continue to meet these standards. Each year, we grow more trees in our timberlands than we harvest and reforest 10,000 acres of deforested land.