Evergreen Packaging announced today that it is the recipient of the American Forest & Paper Association’s (AF&PA) 2020 Leadership in Sustainability Award for Sustainable Forest Management for its submission, Family Forests – The Key to Certified Success. Awards were presented today at the AF&PA’s Presidents Forum online event.
John Rooney, President of Evergreen Packaging, noted: “Our winning project demonstrates Evergreen’s commitment to responsible forestry. By partnering with the Appalachians Woodlands Alliance and the American Forest Foundation, we’ve been able to help family forest landowners overcome obstacles to gain forestry certification. That helps us obtain more certified fiber to meet market demand and also helps to ensure healthy forests for years to come.”
Derric Brown, Sustainability Director for Evergreen, explains: “Protecting our Planet’s Resources is one of Evergreen Packaging’s sustainability pillars, and central to that commitment is the protection of our forests and sustainable forest management. In addition, one of our paths for promoting sustainable forestry is engaging in strategic partnerships.“ As a founding member of the Appalachian Woodlands Alliance (AWA), Evergreen Packaging has been instrumental in helping develop the Smallholder Access Program (SAP), a two-year Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC® – C016043) pilot program targeted to southern and central Appalachia woodland owners under 250 acres. The Appalachian Woodlands Alliance, including Evergreen as a participant, is the recipient of an important award, the Forest Stewardship Council’s 2020 FSC Leadership Award in the Uncommon Partnership category. “This successful partnership has enabled us to participate in a pilot project designed to improve forest health and to help meet rising customer demand for certified products,” says Brown.
In 2019, Evergreen Packaging also committed significant funding to the American Forest Foundation (AFF) to support the development of a Landscape Management Plan (LMP) for the state of South Carolina. This plan encompasses a high level, holistic approach to forest management, incorporating regional priorities such as wildlife habitat, species biodiversity and clean water supplies. These two programs are examples of how Evergreen Packaging is reducing barriers and increasing access for small landowners to participate in forest certification programs. These actions ultimately improve sustainable forest management practices in the United States and support the company’s Sustainability Vision to “lead and inspire sustainability stewardship.”
Brown explains the long-term goal: “Sustainability is at the heart of what we do. Engaging small landowners in responsible forest management is essential to healthy communities and the sustainability of our forests. Evergreen believes that sustainably managed forests benefit the environment, are crucial to our industry, and the goals of our company and our customers.” Evergreen paper and paperboard produced from certified wood can be found in a variety of products, including PlantCarton® Packaging, cupstock, ovenable trays, and a variety of paper specialty products found in millions of homes throughout the world.
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