Sustainability is a part of everything we do
An extraordinary natural resource, forests demand a special responsibility. Rayonier understands that it is accountable not only to investors, employees, and residents of the communities where we operate, but also to future generations.
Our forests are held to the highest standards in sustainability.
We voluntarily work with third party auditors, who ensure our land meets the standards of sustainability organizations to protect the future of the world’s forests.
- 2.1 million acres certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® standard in the United States.
- 400,000 acres certified to the Forest Stewardship Council® standard in New Zealand.
How we ensure sustainability in our forests:
- Protect Wildlife: Our foresters identify and protect habitats of endangered and threatened species, such as eagles, the Red Hills salamander, gopher tortoises, kiwi, Northern spotted owls and marbled murrelets. We partner with wildlife experts and maintain practices of our own that help protect these and other vital species.
- Maintain Our Forests’ Integrity: We carefully plan our harvests and plantings to ensure there is always a sustainable supply of trees on our land. All logging vendors we work with must undergo approved sustainability training, and we do not allow any genetically modified trees in our industrial forests. We also adhere to best management practices to protect soil and water quality, as well as wildlife habitat.
- Preserve Conservation Land: We’ve worked with conservation entities to protect more than 200,000 acres through transactions such as the sale of 60,000 acres in the Pinhook Swamp, now part of one of the largest protected areas east of the Mississippi; 14,000 acres in the Altamaha Bioreserve in Southeast Georgia, home to at least 17 endangered, threatened or special concern species; 4,500 acres along Northwest Washington’s Hoh River, which protects several endangered and threatened species as well as the waterway itself; and many others.
- Partner with Our Communities: We live where we work, and we take our role in our communities seriously, working with local organizations to educate our communities about sustainable forestry practices; volunteering with local charities; and making our lands available for hunting and recreation.
Why is sustainable forestry important?
Well-Managed Forests Protect the Environment
- Forests serve a vital role in maintaining the atmospheric balance necessary to support life. In addition to generating atmospheric oxygen through photosynthesis, forests also sequester carbon from the atmosphere by storing it in trees and their roots below ground.
- Forests capture and filter rainwater before it goes into the ground. Their natural filtration and storage systems supply the overwhelming majority of our usable water.
- Forests serve as one of our most plentiful renewable resources and have been the source for a multitude of products that have enhanced lives since prehistoric times.
- Forests serve as a home to 70 percent of the world’s animals and plants.
How you can be a part of the solution
It starts with the trees, but every consumer can show their support for sustainable forestry worldwide by choosing products with one of these labels to ensure the manufacturer used wood from sustainable forests and followed best management practices in making their products: