ATLANTA, GA — Georgia-Pacific LLC has announced it is expanding its forest protection and sustainability efforts with an updated policy to better identify and protect endangered forests in the United States; promote conservation of forest diversity; and enhance its sustainable forestry and recycling practices.
“This policy continues our commitment to sustainability in the fiber we source and the products we make,” said Jim Hannan, Georgia-Pacific CEO and president. “We continue to believe it is possible to operate in a way that is environmentally responsible and also economically sound. This policy also gives us the opportunity to address issues of increasing interest to our customers and to consumers.”
Key provisions of the policy include:
• Working collaboratively to help define and map endangered forests and special areas where the company will not source fiber;
• Encouraging the conservation of natural hardwood forests through measures to evaluate the existing level of natural hardwood forests and not promoting future conversion of such forests to pine plantations;
• Continuing to not source fiber from the Tongass National Forest in Alaska, until roadless areas identified in the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule are permanently protected;
• To continue requiring loggers to use both mandatory and voluntary state forestry best management practices;
• Continue certification of our wood and fiber procurement practices; and
• Increasing the internal rate of post-consumer recycled fiber within the company’s total recycled fiber supply system to 50 percent.
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