Sustainable forestry is an official term that simply means managing forests today so there will be plenty of healthy, diverse forests in the future. This is not new for us; we’ve always been careful in the way we use natural resources. We’ve also invested in helping show others in the forestry and environmental communities how they can do the same.
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At Georgia-Pacific, we help protect the forests in a number of ways. We require loggers to adhere to forestry best management practices, we participate in third-party certifications and controlled wood risk assessments, and we balance the needs of our customers and business with the protection of endangered forests and conservation of forest diversity. We educate loggers, get involved in wildlife and habitat restoration projects and work with state forestry departments.
Georgia-Pacific has practiced and promoted sustainable forestry for many years. Our "Statement on Forest Protection and Sustainable Practices" gives us the opportunity to address issues of interest and importance to our customers, consumers and society such as forest diversity and the protection of endangered forests and special areas.
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Forest certification is a method for verifying that forests are being managed according to a set of standards. Worldwide, certified forests are primarily located in industrialized countries with a strong rule of law, including the United States, Canada and a number of European and Scandinavian countries. Only 10 percent of the world’s forests are certified to any standard.
Georgia-Pacific sources wood and fiber for our pulp, paper and wood products operations in a responsible way. We support all recognized forest certification organizations, including the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®), the Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC®), the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), the American Tree Farm System® (ATFS) and the Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC™).
Georgia-Pacific requires our wood suppliers and loggers to be trained in sustainable forestry practices in the United States. We support SFI-approved logger training and share our forest management and stewardship knowledge with the landowners from whom we buy wood and fiber.
Our Ontario, Canada, forest operations adhere to rigorous provincial laws to promote sustainability and protect habitat and water quality. Loggers train every year to ensure best management practices of forest operations on Crown and private land.
WILDLIFE AND HABITAT PROJECTS
For decades, Georgia-Pacific has worked with environmental organizations to protect and enhance valuable wildlife and natural habitats near our facilities throughout the country. As examples, we worked with the American Chestnut Foundation to reintroduce the tree to its native Appalachian Mountains habitat after it was nearly wiped out by a fungal disease. We partnered with the National Wild Turkey Federation to plant 7,000 acres of longleaf pine habitat in the Southern U.S. Four of our southern U.S. paper mills developed wildlife habitats to support fish and bird populations and protect endangered species.
LEARN MORE ABOUT GEORGIA-PACIFIC SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY
Statement on Forest Protection and Sustainable Practices -- Video
How Georgia-Pacific Sources Wood Fiber -- Infographic
Protecting Endangered Forests and Maintaining Forest Diversity -- Fact Sheet
Georgia-Pacific, Sustainable Forestry and Certification -- Fact Sheet