Sustainable forest management means managing the forest in a way that maintains an ecologically sustainable and socially desired balance of values. It aims to ensure all the values present in the forest today, such as recreation, biodiversity, habitat protection, clean water, and others, will be there for future generations to use and enjoy.
Forest certification is a voluntary tool that demonstrates West Fraser’s wood products are sourced from sustainably managed forests. Third-party independent auditors verify that we have met high standards for a number of key criteria, including the sustainable growing and harvesting of trees with the protection of habitat, wildlife, plants, water and soil quality, and a wide range of other conservation goals.
Just 10 per cent of the world’s forests are certified to an independent certification system. West Fraser, within a comprehensive certification program, has registered 100% of the Canadian forestlands entrusted to the Company to an independent, voluntary sustainable certification program. At this time, West Fraser does not directly manage forestlands in the United States.
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