As a company operating in many jurisdictions with different systems for managing forest resources, West Fraser has selected certification standards that match the forest regions where we operate. The consumers of our products also recognize these high standards in the markets where our products are sold.
Forest certification is a voluntary tool that demonstrates West Fraser’s wood products are sourced from sustainably managed forests. Third-party independent auditors verify that we have met high standards in key criteria. That includes the sustainable growing and harvesting of trees with the protection of habitat, wildlife, plants, water and soil quality and a wide range of other conservation goals.
94% if Canada’s forest lands are publicly owned, and harvesting is only allowed through government granted licences. West Fraser follows strict forest management requirements to maintain and renew government-granted harvesting rights in Canada. All of the Canadian woodlands operations directly managed by West Fraser are independently certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) fibre sourcing and forest management standards. SFI is an internationally-recognized sustainable forest management certification program.
West Fraser does not directly manage forestlands in the United States, we purchase the logs needed for our operations. All U.S., timber procurement meets SFI fibre sourcing requirements.
West Fraser subscribes to the Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) standard for its Canadian-produced forest products. PEFC chain of custody assures customers that the fibre in the supply chain comes from sources that comply with applicable laws, regulations, and sustainable resource standards. The standard also demonstrates the avoidance of sourcing fibre from controversial sources.
West Fraser’s pulp operations and medium-density fibreboard (MDF) mills are also registered to the Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC?) Standard for Chain of Custody Certification.
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West Fraser maintains certifications specific to our products. You can find details about additional product-specific certifications in the Products section in the ‘Environmental Specifications’ page for every wood product we produce.