American Forest Land – The Great Renewable Resource
Hood Industries Inc. supports responsible forest management and is SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative) fiber sourcing certified at all of its mills. The SFI program is committed to continuously improve forest management practices and reducing risk to future forests. SFI program participants must meet or exceed applicable water quality laws, regulations and SFI Standards with measures to manage and protect wetlands and riparian zones on all lands that supply fiber to their facilities. They must continually evaluate habitat and biodiversity impacts from forest activities – which leads to improved habitat quality, and protection of imperiled or critically imperiled species. SFI program participants are audited annually by independently accredited third party certification organizations to ensure compliance with SFI Principles and Standards.
Hood Distribution supports responsible forest management and is FSC Chain of Custody (CoC) certified. FSC certification provides a credible link between production and consumption of forest products, enabling consumers and businesses to make purchasing decisions that benefit people and the environment as well as providing ongoing business value.
As a multi-stakeholder organization, FSC applies the directive of its members to develop forest management and chain of custody standards, deliver trademark assurance and provide accreditation services to a global network of committed businesses, organizations and communities. Long standing relationships with reputable sawmills that possess the same initiatives as Hood Distribution afford us the ability to meet your certified wood requirements.
- Many species of trees are naturally regenerated, with others replanted by humans.
- Hardwood species typically grow back naturally through seeding or root spouting. Forestry experts manage the harvesting of mature trees in standing forests to allow sunlight to reach the new seedlings for growth stimulation.
- Softwood species rarely sprout naturally; therefore, they are replanted after an area is harvested.
- Planting occurs annually at a rate of approximately two and half million acres. This compares in size to the state of Connecticut.
- Of the acreage planted each year, 45% is from the forestry industry, 42% is from the non-industrial private owners, 6% is from the National Forest System, and 7% is from other government and industries.
- States that typically range in the top number of acres planted each year are as follows: Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Florida, and South Carolina.