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.
…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.