Like a smart long-term investment, proper forest management is about protecting the balance and withdrawing only the interest. The forest is the balance and forest growth each year is the interest. After accounting for natural disturbances (like wildfires), we harvest the remainder of the available annual growth.
Our company has a long and proud history of environmental conservation, preservation, and responsibility. To date, we have deferred or relinquished harvesting rights on over half a million hectares (1.24 million acres). That’s almost 100 times the size of Manhattan. West Fraser doesn’t own or manage any forestland in the southern U.S., where the fibre for our mills is secured from third party sources.
Where we manage forestland, our operations are subject to regulation by federal, provincial, state, and local environmental authorities.
It includes industry-specific environmental regulations relating to air emissions and pollutants, wastewater (effluent) discharges, solid waste, landfill operations, forestry practices, site remediation, and the protection of endangered species and critical habitat.