In 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 increasing annually.

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