Forest Sustainability Innovations and News | Rayonier

Category: Sustainability

The support employees, who do not work in the field, got to experience what it’s like to plant a forest of baby trees under the watchful eye of our foresters at this team-building event.
Trees in screens? You read right. In this article, you’ll learn how tree fiber is used in screen technologies to enhance functionality and sustainability.
The in-house research team not only stays on top of the latest research, but conducts research projects of their own to address challenges in our forests.
Pollinators like bees and butterflies are attracted to working forests, where cleared or newly-planted areas have plenty of pollen to browse. Our beekeeper video and all images in this story were captured in Rayonier forests.
A forester’s work goes far beyond trees. They are also trained to recognize, preserve and protect vulnerable species. Rayonier employees explain how protecting the nests of bald eagles is another aspect of sustainable forestry.
In planted forests, biodiversity plays a critical role in the health of the forest and the environment at large. This article looks at what forest biodiversity is and how forestry companies like Rayonier protect and promote biodiversity.
If you could go back in time 50 years and observe a commercial forest, you would notice a vast difference from the forests today. Modern trees grow faster, straighter and healthier than their ancestors. Why is this, exactly?
Future Rayonier forests depend on the precise and careful collection of pollen. We share what pollen is and how we collect this microscopic dust to ensure the preservation of one of the world’s most depended-upon resources: trees.
With the extremely rare Red Hills Salamander’s habitat on our land, Rayonier foresters play an important role in protecting this threatened species.
Foresters typically replant a forest within one to two years after a harvest. Site prep techniques create an ideal micro-environment, giving baby trees the best chance to grow into a healthy forest.
Follow the journey as a group of trees from a Rayonier forest become 2×4 and 2×6 boards at a West Fraser sawmill. Lumber is primarily used to build new houses and in repair and remodeling projects.
Is forest management the key to drastically reducing wildfire risk? In this series, we talk to experienced foresters and firefighters about how to reduce the severity and frequency of forest fires, how to improve a wildland fire crew’s ability to put a fire out and what causes mega fires. In this first installment, Rayonier foresters...
Is forest management the key to drastically reducing wildfire risk? An Oregon firefighter shares how managed forests make fighting a wildfire less risky for firefighters AND the communities nearby in the second installment of our wildfire prevention series.
Is forest management the key to drastically reducing wildfire risk? In our final installment of this series about wildfire prevention, we look at how firefighters, foresters and loggers are making strides in protecting well-managed forests.
Foresters take their responsibility to guard protected species seriously. When it comes to the gopher tortoise, a keystone species whose burrow provides shelter to more than 300 other types of forest creatures, we build our planting and harvesting plan around ensuring their safety.
We gather our pinecones by the tractor trailer load, but only the best will do. We share how we breed and collect the best cones and extract their seeds for future forests.
While our tree farms grow on millions of acres of land, we’re always looking for additional ways to do more with our resources. The first-ever wind farm on Rayonier land is providing clean energy to 10s of 1000s of families.
Trees play a critical role in the making of thousands of everyday products.  In our #ItStartsWithTrees series, we look at the science that explains why. Today, we’re looking at the many foods made with the help of the forest. 
Commercial forests are critical to the paper products industry, and likewise paper products play an important role in keeping the forestry industry strong. We explain why trees are used for many paper products rather than strictly recycled paper or hemp, and how the industry keeps up with the demand.
Working forests play a critical role in the quantity and quality of America’s water supply. We look at how the forestry industry not only protects water, but takes a proactive role in improving water supply.