Under Sustainable Forestry Initiative fiber sourcing certification, companies like Georgia-Pacific must have an auditable procurement process for fiber they buy from these lands and, among other things, encourage landowners to reforest areas that have been harvested; use best management practices to protect water quality; identify and protect important habitat elements for wildlife, including critically imperiled and imperiled species and communities; and use the services of qualified resource and logging professionals, the release stated.
According to the release, 60 percent of the fiber in forest products manufactured in the United States comes from the 10 million family-owned forests in the country; most are not certified.
Deborah Baker, Georgia-Pacific''s vice president of sustainable forestry, said: "North America depends on family forest owners who are dedicated to responsible forest management. Georgia-Pacific may not own forestlands but we can have a positive influence on thousands of acres through the Sustainable Forestry Initiative program — and that''s important to our company, our customers and our nation''s forests."
Georgia-Pacific conducts extensive Sustainable Forestry Initiative outreach, including communicating with its sales and marketing teams about Sustainable Forestry Initiative fiber sourcing, the release noted.
Georgia-Pacific has produced literature and video materials explaining how Sustainable Forestry Initiative fiber sourcing positively impacts the United States'' fiber supply and the health of forests, the release added.