Certification & Stewardship

TFG was the first TIMO to successfully certify its entire US portfolio of timberlands in accordance with the principles and criteria of the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®).

Certifications

We have over 15 years of forest certification experience across millions of acres in four countries.

Third-party forest certification provides independent recognition of our commitment to sustainability. TFG participates in annual, comprehensive third-party audits that examines our forest management practices based on the triple bottom line of social, economic, and environmental criteria.

 

2005

TFG was the first TIMO to certify its entire portfolio to the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®). TFG earned the designation of ‘Sustainable Standard Setter’ by the Forest Stewardship Council.

2017 

TFG certified our Canadian properties to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI).

2018

TFG won the FSC® Leadership Award in recognition of our long-term commitment to sustainable management.

Stewardship

Our practices ensure environmental responsibility through:

 

Conservation / Land Protection

TFG’s conservation transactions protect diverse landscapes in perpetuity.

Species Protection

TFG’s forests provide critical habitats for rare, threatened, endangered species.

Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Water Quality

TFG keeps forested watersheds clean. Our Natural Forest Management Principles prevent watershed degradation, mitigate flooding effects, and reduce erosion.

APPALACHIAN FORESTS

Since 2012 TFG has integrated forest carbon offset projects into forest management planning and practice, as a means of generating revenue while mitigating the effects of climate change. This video highlights the people, the place, and the process of the development of one of the largest forest carbon offset projects in the US to date in the Central Appalachians.

CARIBBEAN TIMBERLANDS

In 2018 TFG began using oxen for harvesting timber from plantations in Costa Rica. Skidding logs out of the forest with oxen lowers soil impacts, reducing the potential for erosion, and lowers residual stand damage. The production costs of using oxen are comparable to using conventional mechanized equipment.

CONNECTICUT LAKES

In recent years, TFG has worked in cooperation with Trout Unlimited and the New Hampshire Fish & Game Department on a variety of aquatic ecosystem restoration projects. These projects include improved culvert location and design for more natural water flows, control of invasive species in wetlands, introduction of large woody material for improved fish habitat, and maintenance of wetland riparian zones.

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