SUSTAINABILITY

SUSTAINABLE RUSSIAN BIRCH

At Volbirch® we have a long standing commitment to responsible forest management and the principles and criteria that apply to FSC-certified forests around the world. We are currently in the process of applying to become a member of FSC® as FSC® certified plywood is one of many ways we can help our customers achieve points for LEED certification.

“The success of our collective future is dependent on responsible development of our natural resources today, and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) exists to help ensure this future in the area of wood and wood products.

FSC® promotes environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world’s forests.

Environmentally appropriate forest management ensures that the harvest of timber and non-timber products maintains the forest’s biodiversity, productivity, and ecological processes.

Socially beneficial forest management helps both local people and society at large to enjoy long term benefits and also provides strong incentives to local people to sustain the forest resources and adhere to long-term management plans.

Economically viable forest management means that forest operations are structured and managed so as to be sufficiently profitable, without generating financial profit at the expense of the forest resource, the ecosystem, or affected communities. The tension between the need to generate adequate financial returns and the principles of responsible forest operations can be reduced through efforts to market the full range of forest products and services for their best value.”*

*From FSC® website. More information about FSC® can be found here: http://www.fsc.org