Do you know how much forestland the United States has lost in the last century? The answer may surprise you, because the answer is “none.” Between 1953 and 2007 alone, the amount of standing timber increased by 51 percent, with an increase of 2 million acres of total forest area between 2000 and 2005.*
The reason for this stability is active forest management. When forested land is productive, as managed forests are, there is less pressure to develop that land for other, often less-sustainable, uses.
PCA makes managed forestry a priority in its sustainability efforts and is certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) program, created to promote sustainable forest management. To be eligible for SFI certification, two-thirds of a company’s raw material must come from SFI-certified sources — but PCA does much better than that. Virtually all (over 95 percent!) of our raw material comes from SFI-certified sources.
As part of the SFI program, our forestry practices are regularly audited. Those practices include active management of water quality and wildlife habitats, and protection of biological diversity.
For more information on the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, please click here.
*Sources: The Responsible Package, 2012 and American Forest & Paper Association, 2012.