Sale Leaves Many Questions as to How the Land Will Be Managed in the Future
Southern forests are some of the most biologically rich and diverse in the world, but have been exploited for generations by the pulp and paper industry and much of the beauty and true value of our forests has been lost to unsustainable forestry practices including large-scale clear-cutting and the conversion of native forests to sterile pine plantations.
Today’s announcement by of the sale of 5.1 million acres of its remaining lands, mostly in the South, leaves us questioning the future of this land. The deal brokered with Resource Management Services, LLC and TimberStar, two Timber Investment Management Operations, will allow for and facilitate the continued use of the misguided and mislabeled Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) certification scheme that permits logging of endangered forests, large-scale clearcutting and the continued conversion of native forests to sterile pine plantations. These practices have had devastating ecological and economic impacts across the South.
Southern Forests need a break from business-as-usual forestry and it is time to embrace full protection of endangered forests and a working forest landscape that protects and promotes ecological values and community well-being.