Sustainable Forestry

It’s Serious Business

LP believes that sustainable forestry can be best accomplished when forest landowners, contractors and wood producers are informed and work together toward a similar goal. LP practices sustainable forestry in order to meet current demands for wood products without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Find out more about our sustainability certifications.

Sharing a Passion for Forestry

Make no mistake, LP’s foresters love to be out in the woods. But they also can be found out in the community supporting 4-Hers, joining with loggers to promote charitable projects, or sharing their passion and knowledge with young people who will be taking care of our forests for the next generation.

LP follows strict forest management standards on the land we manage to:

  • Promote prompt reforestation, soil conservation and riparian protection
  • Maintain water quality, fish and wildlife habitats
  • Protect ecological, historical and cultural sites such as endangered species, bird sanctuaries and unique forest types

We promote the same practices on lands that we don’t own or directly manage, such as family-owned timberlands.

Sustainable Fiber Sourcing

We work hard to provide our customers with integrated building solutions that work together to save time and money. Our products are made from wood—a sustainable, renewable resource—and low-emitting safe resins.

An important part of LP’s sustainability program is to provide our employees, forestland owners and wood suppliers with current information on harvesting, reforestation and managing forest lands. Here are some practices we advocate and, when needed, require of our partners and ourselves.

Reforestation

We believe prompt reforestation is the cornerstone of sustainable forestry. On lands we manage, we reforest within two years of final harvest or within five years when using planned natural regeneration. LP monitors local laws to be sure that we comply with any reforestation requirements that may be more stringent. We encourage the same level of stewardship among the forest landowners with whom we do business. We recommend that landowners choose a suitable reforestation plan before the harvest.

Water Quality

LP encourages sustainable forestry practices that protect water quality. Examples of best management practices include following a long-term forest management plan, leaving riparian buffers along streams and other bodies of water, controlling or eliminating waste disposal on forest lands, properly maintaining roads, and implementing proper stream crossings.

Wildlife Habitat

We realize there is no single forest management practice that benefits all species equally. This makes developing a forest management plan particularly challenging for landowners. We encourage them to consider the type and age of their forest, the size and shape of the property, the presence of water bodies and streamside management zones, the preferred wildlife species, and any unique habitats as part of their forest management plan.

Biodiversity

We provide wildlife habitat and biodiversity guidance to landowners to encourage them to conserve and manage habitats of rare species. Of particular importance are any listed as threatened or endangered by federal, state or provincial governments. The goal of recognizing the habitats of rare species is to conserve and manage them to help prevent any further population decline.

Forestry Certification

Various certification standards are available in North America, including the American Tree Farm System (ATFS), the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). LP believes all of these systems provide effective approaches to legally and sustainably managing forest resources.

All of the forests that LP directly manages in North America are SFI certified and managed in accordance with forest management plans. These forest management plans are, in many cases, subject to public review and comment, and are filed with appropriate government agencies.

Why SFI?

The vast majority of working forests in the United States are owned by non-industrial family forest owners. Every day, LP foresters support these landowners in their committement to caring for their land for future generations. Many small landowners don’t have the resources for a costly land certification process, and some may not see the need for it. Since most of the forestland in the United States isn’t certified, LP chose the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) because it includes fiber sourcing requirements to help ensure wood from private lands is sustainable. LP generally obtains its timber locally from approximately an 80-mile radius around our mills, saving energy for transport and supporting local economies. LP prefers to purchase timber from certified forests. But when the source is not certified, as is often the case, LP’s SFI-certified fiber sourcing process helps to ensure that the timber comes from well-managed forests.

SFI Fiber Sourcing Certificate

SFI Forest Management Certificate

Chain-of-Custody

Customers who wish to promote their commitment to responsible forestry may choose chain-of-custody as an additional measure. Chain-of-custody certification is a tool used to track wood fiber from a certified forest to the consumer, providing a link between certified forestlands and certified products. Through our chain-of-custody programs, LP identifies the percent content from certified forests in a product. The chain-of-custody is verified by independent third-party auditors. LP has added dual SFI and PEFC chain-of-custody certification programs to all of our Engineered Wood Products mills and some of our Siding and OSB mills—which keeps chain-of-custody options open for our customers.

SFI Chain of Custody Certificate

PEFC Chain of Custody Certificate

LP Sustainable Forestry Certification Audit Summary

Year Certification Type Non-Conformances Opportunities for Improvement Notable Practices
2015 Forest Management 0 0 0
Fiber Sourcing 0 0 0
Chain of Custody 1 0 0
2014 Forest Management 0 0 1
Fiber Sourcing 0 0 1
Chain of Custody 0 1 0
2013 Forest Management 0 1 1
Fiber Sourcing 0 0 1
Chain of Custody 0 1 0
2012 Forest Management 0 0 2
Fiber Sourcing 0 0 0
Chain of Custody 0 0 1
2011 Forest Management 0 0 4
Fiber Sourcing 0 1 1
Chain of Custody 0 1 0
TOTAL 1 5 12