From the start of our forestry activities, we have made sure to adopt responsible management practices that combine high productivity levels with biodiversity conservation across all our sites, becoming the industry benchmark.
We are proud to be the first company in South America to be granted FSC® certification (Forest Stewardship Council®) for forest management. Since 1995, we have had the seal that ensures our forestry activities are environmentally friendly, socially beneficial, and economically feasible.
We conduct procedures to assess and mitigate environmental and social impacts caused by managing our planted forests in order to protect natural resources and ensure an increasingly better relationship with local communities. To learn more about our practices, check below our Forest Management Plan.2022 Forest Management Plan
We have more than 140,000 hectares of eucalyptus forests and conservation areas, where more than 2,400 animal and plant species have already been found, including endangered species, according to the IUCN’s Red List, which further demonstrates how much our forest management contributes to preserving and protecting local biodiversity.
We have also teamed up with different universities and research institutes to foster and support scientific studies on Brazil’s animal and plant life.
The long-term monitoring of our forests’ carbon, water, and nutrient flows ensures the healthy development and environmental balance of area we operate in. That is why since 2008 we have supported the cooperative program Torre de Fluxo (Flow Tower), through which a research unit nestled within a eucalyptus-growing site periodically collects data regarding our planted forests, contributing to scientific studies on the best sustainability practices and optimization of this type of crop.
Since 1969, we have conducted a Plant Breeding Program focused on researching and developing materials that can make our eucalyptus trees more resistant to pests and diseases, use natural resources more efficiently, and better adapt to different climate and rainfall conditions.
This forest management practice ensures new crops are grown in the residues remaining from the previous forests and low tillage, protecting the soil with organic remains from the forest itself. Additionally, we do not employ fire in our management practices, further contributing to soil conservation.
We study local conditions and the trees’ nutritional status to decide the best formulas and ways to manure the soil, ensuring its protection and adding value to the business.
To protect and preserve our forest crops, we employ integrated pest management (IPM), a technique that uses the local biodiversity to help in the natural control of forest pests. If necessary, chemical pesticides are applied to areas plagued with pests or diseases, according to the best people and environmental safety practices.
We have resources and facilities to present, monitor, and fight wildfires in order to protect tree-growing and conservation areas, as well as our employees, machinery, and facilities.