The northern wood used by Metsä Fibre is from sustainably managed forests in areas where the forests grow more than they are used. More than 90 per cent of the wood used by Metsä Fibre is certified. This is an excellent figure in our line of business. For the sake of comparison, only some 10 per cent of the world’s forests are certified.
All of the wood we use, meaning 100 per cent of it, is traceable and comes from certified or controlled forests. This allows us to ensure the legality of the wood supply as well as the acceptability and sustainability of the supply chain. We have a tracing system which allows us to trace the origin of the wood we purchase all the way up to a felling site.
Forest regeneration is always part of sustainable forest management, and we require environmental values to be considered in all forestry measures. A forest is always regenerated after a felling, and Metsä Group uses domestic tree species and seedlings in forest regeneration.
The diversity of forest nature is also protected in many ways. Forest certification, for one thing, requires a certain quantity of retention trees to be left in a felling area to provide habitats for species which need dead and decaying wood. Decaying trees and valuable habitats are left during felling. Sustainably managed Finnish forests are indeed a perfect example of the many uses of forests. Forests provide us with wood and many other gifts of nature as well as opportunities for recreation.