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Responsible Stewardship


Environmental Highlights

Rayonier is committed to responsible environmental stewardship. We take careful measures to ensure the long-term sustainability of our forest ecosystems, as well as the wildlife, soils, and water within them. We recognize our responsibility to look after our land for both current and future generations, as the company’s long-term success ultimately depends on the environmental and economic sustainability of our forests.

See our Sustainable Forestry Policy.


Metric Tons of Carbon Sequestered


Metric Tons of Carbon Emitted

(scope 1, 2 & 3 emissions)



Planted yearly


of Total Acreage Sustainably Harvested


CCS and Solar Leases Executed

Water Use Management

New nursery systems increases water use efficiency

All metrics reflect the reporting period as published in the current Sustainability Report.

Improving Our Footprint

Rayonier grows and manages an abundant renewable resource that provides many benefits to society, including carbon sequestration. In order to quantify the impacts that our global operations have on the environment, we conduct an annual analysis of the carbon sequestration and emissions across our forestry operations and corporate activities. This analysis demonstrates that our working forests provide a natural climate change solution, in that we sequester substantially more carbon than we emit.

For a complete analysis of our carbon footprint in the U.S. and New Zealand, see our Carbon Report

Our Biodiversity Goals

Our forests are healthy and diverse ecosystems that we manage with a long-term mindset. We recognize the importance of maintaining biodiversity both for the health of our forests and the broader ecosystems in which they exist. We are committed to protecting and closely monitoring biodiversity across our timberlands as we manage our working forests.

Visit our biodiversity website to learn more about the critical role biodiversity plays in the health of our forests.

Climate Smart Forestry Principles

Climate change is affecting forest ecosystems worldwide, causing shifts in the distribution, abundance, productivity, and health of trees. Rayonier’s commitment to sustainable forest management requires that we understand both the physical and transition risks posed by climate change to our business, the ecosystems we manage, and society in general.

We believe that traditional forest management practices will need to adapt to the climate conditions that will exist in the future as we strive to maintain productive, healthy, and sustainable forests. By implementing climate smart forestry—strategies and practices designed to manage climate change risks—we expect that Rayonier will be better positioned to mitigate the impacts of climate change in the coming decades.

To see how climate smart forestry addresses risks and opportunities, see our Climate Change Impact Report


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