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Georgia-Pacific earns forest award
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Georgia-Pacific has been recognized for its efforts in increasing understanding of the sustainable forestry initiative fiber sourcing program and how it supports family forest owners across North America.
“The SFI program values the crucial role all forest landowners play in managing our forests and demonstrates this through our unique fiber sourcing certification,” SFI president and CEO Kathy Abusow said. “Georgia-Pacific has used a variety of promotional materials to show the many benefits fiber sourcing offers family forest owners and consumers.”
Sixty percent of the fiber in forest products manufactured in the United States comes from the 10 million family-owned forests in the country, and most are not certified. Under SFI 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.
“North America depends on family forest owners who are dedicated to responsible forest management,” said Deborah B. Baker, Georgia-Pacific’s vice president of sustainable forestry. “Georgia-Pacific may not own forestlands, but we can have a positive influence on thousands of acres through the SFI program — and that’s important to our company, our customers and our nation’s forests.”
Georgia-Pacific conducts SFI outreach, including communicating with its sales and marketing teams about SFI fiber sourcing. The company also works with its customers to promote the SFI fiber sourcing certification.
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