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. Trees are grown in managed forestlands for the purpose of manufacturing paper and wood products. 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 jobs and the economy. In the U.S., private, working forests support 2.5 million jobs, $235 billion in annual sales, $87 billion in payroll, $4.4 billion in state income and severance taxes, and $102 billion to the GDP.

...protect people and the environment. Illegal logging contributes to global deforestation and climate change, 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 2010, AF&PA members increased the amount of fiber they procure from certified forestlands to 24 percent and the fiber procured through certified fiber sourcing programs to 96 percent.

Certification programs utilized by AF&PA members include: Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®), Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) program, the American Tree Farm System® and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFCTM)-endorsed programs.

AF&PA members have continued to work with governments and other stakeholders on effective policies to combat illegal logging.

All AF&PA members that own forestland are required to conform to a credible sustainable forest management program.

AF&PA provides education, equipment and support to directly address the problem through participation in the Advisory Group of the Forest Legality Alliance, an international, multi-stakeholder initiative working to reduce demand for illegally harvested forest products.

Individual member companies work diligently to safeguard against procurement from illegally logged sources. This includes identifying and documenting sources, requiring suppliers to sign agreements, and using third-party certification of chain of custody and fiber sourcing standards.

For more information, read pages 11-13 of the 2012 AF&PA Sustainability Report.