Sustainable forestry means managing forests today in a way that ensures we will have abundant, healthy, diverse forests in the future.
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 biodiversity and the protection of endangered forests and special areas.
This statement also helps us continue to practice and promote the responsible use of our resources. It reaffirms GP’s commitment to third-party certification of our wood and fiber procurement practices; the outreach we conduct as part of our SFI® Responsible Fiber Sourcing Certification; sustainable forestry training for our timber suppliers; the use of mandatory and voluntary Best Management Practices during all harvesting activities; and the use of recovered paper in our products.
Key to our commitment to sustainable forestry is a focus on sound science as the basis for our actions. To help us define and map endangered forests and special areas in our key supply regions, we worked with Dr. Liz Kramer, director — Natural Resources Spatial Analysis Laboratory (NARSAL) at the University of Georgia, who is a recognized expert in developing information systems to identify sensitive areas.
The methodology that has been developed is being used to identify and locate rare and unique areas that should be maintained for future generations.