Watch Jim Sitts, Appalachian Timber Manager for Columbia Forest Products, explain the company's commitment to private landowners:
“We’re willing to put our money where our mouth is...”
Our foresters are engaging landowners, and because many of our employees are based in the South, they identify personally with our commitment to the land there. Our true north is to always engage our supplier base and promote sustainable forest management. We’re willing to put our money where our mouth is and be there for the long-term for landowners. This is a long-term relationship for us. Our mills have been based in the Southeast for 100 years now. We’re not going anywhere.
— Michael Garcia, president Pulp and Paper Division, Domtar
“This project will develop new tools to help...”
Today only a small percentage of landowners have a forest management plan, and even fewer are certified to one of the forest management certification systems available. We know that there are many more landowners who are responsible stewards of their woodlands, and this project will develop new tools to help tell that story of sustainable forest management to the marketplace.
— Roland Simon, VP of the Global Procurement Materials Group, Avery Dennison
By working with the Rainforest Alliance, we can improve the livelihoods of tree farmers and their families while creating economic dividends for the entire value chain.”
— Dean Scarborough, Executive Chairman of Avery Dennison
"We hope to provide new resources and tools for woodland owners to be even better stewards..."
Over the years, we have relied on the private woodlands owners of the South to provide responsibly produced wood and fiber to make many of the products that we sell, and have considered them partners in good forest stewardship. Most of the paper products on our shelves are produced in the Southeast region, with wood coming from these privately owned forestlands. With this project, we hope to provide new resources and tools for woodland owners to be even better stewards of their woodlands, and to continue this important partnership.
— Mark Buckley, VP for Environmental Affairs, Staples, Inc.