Promote Sustainable Forestry Practices

GOAL: Increase  
the amount of fiber procured from certified forestlands or through certified fiber sourcing programs in the U.S. from 2005 to 2020 and work to decrease illegal logging.

Sustainable forestry practices

…keep forests plentiful. Without a regular harvesting of trees to manufacture products, managed forest- lands would likely be sold or used for other purposes such as development or agriculture – purposes that would not include the consistent replanting of trees.

…support the entire industry’ sustainability. Sustainable forest practices enable our industry to provide materials to make products that people need, while conserving forests with critical wildlife habitat and ensuring the economic well-being of rural communities.

…protect people and the environment. Illegal logging contributes to global deforestation and increases greenhouse  gas  emissions,  threatens  many  species with  extinction,  denies forest-dependent  communities access to  resources, and  undermines  legitimate businesses.

Our industry continually strives to increase its stake in certified forestry programs. In 2012, 29 percent of AF&PA members’ fiber was procured from certified forestlands and 95 percent was procured through certified fiber sourcing programs.

In addition, all AF&PA members that own forest- land are required to conform to a credible sustainable forest  management  program  and  all members that source wood fiber are required to comply with sustainable procurement principles.

Individual AF&PA member companies work with governments and other stakeholders on effective policies to combat illegal logging. AF&PA is a member of the Industry Advisory Group of the Forest Legality Alliance, an international,  multi-stakeholder initiative that  provides education,  tools and support to reduce demand for illegally harvested forest products.

More information on our Sustainable Forestry goal can be found on pages 5-6 and 15 of the 2014 AF&PA Sustainability Report.