All of Plum Creek Timber Company‘s timberland holdings have been certified to the standards of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), an independent auditor has confirmed.

PricewaterhouseCoopers conducted audits to verify that Plum Creek’s 8 million acres of forests meet SFI’s system of principles, objectives, performance measures and indicators. Academics and other forestry experts collaborated in the audits, which took place in several states during 2004.

The audit process included interviews, field visits and an inspection of company policies, practices, procedures and co-operative agreements.

In 1999, Plum Creek was one of the first timber companies to have all its timberlands (then 3.2 million acres) certified to the SFI programme.

President and CEO Rick Holley said: “This certification confirmed our long-standing approach to practising sustainable forestry, which includes the perpetual growing and harvesting of trees with the protection of wildlife, plants, soil and water quality.”

Plum Creek’s sustainable forestry practices include replanting 85 million seedlings every year.