a sustainable society the majority of the resources required to fulfill
the needs of society must be derived from renewable resources. Wood
is one such widely available renewable material, and it has an important
role to play in reducing the use of finite resources. The forest
and the wood based products are part of an eco cycle.
The sun drives the cycle. With water, nutrients and carbon dioxide,
photosynthesis transforms the solar energy into wood fibres in the
growing trees. This cyclical process is endless.
The best way to use forests as carbon sinks is to harvest the timber
and convert it into products (which continue to store the carbon)
while replanting more trees than before.
Growing trees absorb CO2 from the atmosphere at a rate of 1 tonne
for every m3 of growth and convert it into carbohydrates through
photosynthesis, while releasing the oxygen we breathe. The CO2 is
locked away for the tree's life and the life of the timber and paper
products coming from the tree.
All the wood we produce in Canada originates from companies with
strong forest governance and stable forest estates.
All Canadian Forest Companies have policies and practices requiring
reforestation. Although the number of trees planted per hectare will
vary depending on the species, site and management system, it will
always be more than the number cut, in order to allow for natural
losses and for the forest to remain well stocked.
Currently just 64% of the annual increment of Canadian forests is
harvested and both forest area and standing stocks of timber are