Our vision for sustainability.
As the owner or manager of approximately 20 million acres of forests worldwide, we have a responsibility to protect the long-term viability of our forestry resources. Our vision is shared by government and nongovernmental organizations, and it can be achieved globally through a balance of three approaches:
- Protect one category of forests for biological diversity, recreation, and other social and environmental values.
- Manage a second category intensively to produce as much wood and fiber as possible while protecting the environment.
- Manage a third category less intensively to maintain more natural qualities, both to meet global needs for wood and to sustain local communities.
We manage our land in compliance with internationally and nationally recognized certification standards for environmental management systems. In fact, Weyerhaeuser forestlands in Uruguay have become the model for the developing national standard of sustainable forestry programs.
Take, for example, Weyerhaeuser Productos SA, our Lumin™ plywood mill located outside of Tacuarembó. Currently, the mill processes 225,000 tons of wood fiber per year and uses virtually every portion of the log. The wood fiber is converted to plywood and by-products, and the residuals are also used as bioenergy for heating the on-site boilers for the conditioning and drying processes.