OUR RESPONSIBILITIES

We are stewards of the forests we manage. These forests create jobs, support local communities and provide the world with wood products that are the most sustainable and environmentally responsible building material available.

SUSTAINABLE FOREST MANAGEMENT

A&A is committed to the practice of sustainable forestry and environmental stewardship. Sustainable forestry is best described as 'meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.' This is accomplished by practicing a land stewardship ethic that integrates reforestation and the managing, growing, nurturing and harvesting of trees for useful products and ecosystem services such as the conservation of soil, air and water quality, carbon, biological diversity, wildlife and aquatic habitat, recreation and aesthetics (SFIS 2015 – 2019) .

Forest Productivity and Health - To provide for regeneration after harvest and maintain the productive capacity of the forest land base, and to protect and maintain long-term forest and soil productivity. In addition, to protect forests from economically or environmentally undesirable levels of wildfire, pests, diseases, invasive exotic plants and animals, and other damaging agents and thus maintain and improve long-term forest health and productivity.

Protection of Water Resources - To protect water bodies and riparian areas, and to conform with forestry best management practices to protect water quality.

Protection of Biological Diversity - To manage forests in ways that protect and promote biological diversity, including animal and plant species, wildlife habitats, and ecological or natural community types.

Aesthetics and Recreation - To manage the visual impacts of forest operations, and to provide recreational opportunities for the public.

Protection of Special Sites - To manage lands that are ecologically, geologically or culturally important in a manner that takes into account their unique qualities.

Responsible Fiber Sourcing Practices in North America - To use and promote among other forest landowners sustainable forestry practices that are both scientifically credible and economically, environmentally and socially responsible.

Legal Compliance - To comply with applicable federal, provincial, state and local forestry and related environmental laws, statues, and regulations.

Research - To support advances in sustainable forest management through forestry research, science and technology.

Training & Education - To improve the practice of sustainable forestry through training and education programs.

Community Involvement & Social Responsibility - To broaden the practice of sustainable forestry on all lands through community involvement, socially responsible practices, and through recognition and respect of Indigenous Peoples’ rights and traditional forest –related knowledge.

Transparency - To broaden the understanding of forest certification to the SFI Standards by documenting certification audits and making the findings publicly available.

Continual Improvement - To continually improve the practice of forest management, and to monitor, measure and report performance in achieving the commitment to sustainable forestry

Forest Stewardship Plans

CERTIFICATION STANDARDS

A&A’s British Columbia Woodlands operations on Forest Licenses A19229 and A80590 are managed consistent with the standards as set by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO 14001:2004    ) and to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Standard (SFIS- 2015-2019    ). In addition, A&A maintains a chain of custody consistent with the standards as set by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC    ) that ensures that the logs we sell originate from sustainably managed forests. Our on-going certification efforts formalize A&A’s commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainable forest management.

THE INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR STANDARDIZATION ( ISO 14001:2004)

This ISO Standard specifies requirements for an environmental management system to enable an organization to develop and implement a policy and objectives which take into account legal requirements and information about significant environmental aspects. The standard is intended to apply to all types and sizes of organizations and to accommodate diverse geographical, cultural and social conditions. The success of the system depends on the commitment from all levels and functions of the organization, and especially top management. The standard requires that an organization develop an environmental policy, establish objectives and processes to achieve the policy commitments , take action as needed to improve performance and demonstrate conformity of the system to the requirement of the standard. The overall aim is to support environmental protection and the prevention of pollution in balance with socio-economic needs. For more information, please visit (http://www.iso.org).
THE SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY INITIATIVE (SFI) STANDARD

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Program is a comprehensive system of principles, objectives and performance measures developed by professional foresters, conservationists, scientists, and others that combines the perpetual growing and harvesting of trees with the long-term protection of wildlife, plants soil and water quality. The SFI Standard (SFIS) spells out the requirements of compliance with the program and is based on 13 Principles, 15 Objectives, 37 Performance Measures and 101 Indicators. These requirements include measures to protect water quality, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, species at risk and Forests with Exceptional Conservation Value. For more information, please visit (http://www.sfiprogram.org).
PROGRAMME FOR THE ENDORSEMENT OF FOREST CERTIFICATION (PEFC)

The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) is an international non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) through independent third-party certification. PEFC works throughout the entire forest supply chain (http://www.pefc.org/index.php/standards/chain-of-custody?layout=item) to promote good practice in the forest (http://www.pefc.org/index.php/standards/sustainable-forest-management?layout=itemand) to ensure that timber and non-timber forest products are produced with respect for the highest ecological, social and ethical standards.  Thanks to its eco-label, (http://www.pefc.org/index.php/standards/logo-use?layout=item%20) customers and consumers are able to identify products from sustainably managed forests. PEFC Canada represents organizations in Canada that have certified their forestry operations to the PEFC-endorsed Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) standards, as well as organizations and businesses that are certified to the PEFC International Chain of Custody Standard. PEFC Canada offers the use of the international PEFC Chain of Custody certification standard and is authorized to issue rights to use the PEFC label to qualified organizations in Canada.  PEFC Chain of Custody certification together with the PEFC on-product label provides an assurance that wood and paper products are sourced from sustainably managed forests. For more information, please visit (http://www.pefccanada.org).

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