ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

LP's dedication to responsible innovation in the manufacture of engineered wood products is a natural result of our respect for the environment. While our products are made from wood, a renewable resource, we understand that those resources must be managed to be truly sustainable. That is why LP invests in reforestation and uses forest management and fiber sourcing programs that meet the high standards of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative®. These programs help maintain wildlife habitat, water quality and soil conservation.

Our efforts don’t end with the thousands of acres and many operations that provide our wood supply. LP uses advanced systems at our manufacturing facilities to minimize waste, promote air and water quality, and monitor environmental performance.

Environmental Responsibility Policy

Policy on Protection of the Environment

Any manufacturer has to take into consideration how its operation impacts the world and make it a priority to implement a policy that effectively protects the environment.

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Sustainable Forestry

Sustainable Forestry

By working together with informed forest landowners, contractors and wood producers, our forests can thrive and continue to be a reliable resource. With an ever-growing population, sustainable forestry is essential to keeping up with the increasing demand for wood products, while allowing future generations to enjoy abundant forests.

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We follow strict forest management regulations and practices on the land we manage that:

  • Encourage rapid reforestation and soil conservation

  • Protect streams and waterways

  • Protect water quality, fish and wildlife habitats

  • Protect endangered species, bird sanctuaries and unique forest types

  • Protect ecological, historical and cultural sites

Sustainable Forestry

Sustainable Fiber Sourcing

LP’s sustainability program gives our employees, forestland owners and wood suppliers the latest information on planning, harvesting, reforestation and managing forestlands. Here are the basic sustainable forestry practices we follow and ask our suppliers to observe.

Reforestation

Reforestation is the foundation of sustainable forestry and is achieved using several different techniques. On the lands LP manages, we replant the trees within two years after the harvest, or within five years when using planned natural regeneration.

Water Quality

Protecting water quality is a very important aspect of LP sustainable forestry programs. This requires a long-term forest management plan to ensure the land’s water is not negatively impacted by the fiber sourcing operation. This is achieved in part by:

  • Leaving riparian buffers along streams and other bodies of water

  • Controlling or eliminating waste disposal on forestlands

  • Properly maintaining roads and creating suitable stream crossings

Biodiversity & Wildlife Habitat

Developing a single forest management plan that benefits all species equally is one of the biggest challenges for landowners. We encourage forest owners to take the following factors into consideration when forming their forest management plan:

  • Preferred wildlife species

  • Unique geological features and wildlife habitats

  • Type, age, size and shape of the forest

  • Bodies of water and streamside management zones

Affiliations & Partnerships

We work with various organizations to promote conservation. These are some of the organizations that we work with every day.

  • National Council for Air and Stream Improvement

  • Composite Panel Association

  • Sustainable Forestry Initiative

  • American Tree Farm System

  • Wood Supply Research Institute

SFI Forestry Certification

There are various certification standards in North America. Most of the working forestland in the United States isn’t certified and is owned by non-industrial family forest owners. LP uses the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) as it includes fiber sourcing requirements that help ensure wood from private lands is sustainable. All of the forests that LP directly manages in North America are SFI-certified and managed in accordance with forest management plans. LP’s SFI-certified fiber sourcing process helps to ensure that the timber comes from well-managed forests.