Renewable Resources, Remarkable Solutions
Working Forests: Preserving the Future, Promoting Sustainability
A “working forest” is forestland carefully managed to supply a steady, renewable supply of wood for lumber, energy, paper and packaging, and more than 5,000 items that consumers use every day, while also providing a place for wildlife habitat and recreation.
Unlike protected or untouched forests, working forests are sustainably managed to balance economic, social, and environmental considerations.
They are often owned by private individuals, companies, or governments and managed to optimize the long-term productivity and health of the forest while meeting the needs of multiple stakeholders.
Working forests play a crucial role in supplying timber and other forest products, supporting local economies, providing habitat for wildlife, storing carbon, filtering water, and offering recreational opportunities for everyone.
By employing sustainable forest management practices, the working forests from which RYAM sources its timber ensure the health and vitality of the forest ecosystem while contributing to a more circular and sustainable economy for all.
Invested in Working Forests
Our manufacturing plants create a market for timber, which shields working forests from conversion to other land uses, like development. In essence, the demand for forest products means more forests for everyone to enjoy.
That’s called “interdependence.” Simply put, we depend on working forests—and they depend on us.
From Sustainable Forests to
A sustainably harvested tree is a renewable resource with remarkable potential.
Generally, a tree’s mass is 50% water and 50% “dry solids.” The dry solids, in turn, are approximately 40% cellulose and 60% “other compounds” like hemicellulose, lignin, sugars, and other valuable extractives.
Our team of scientists and engineers work to discover the full potential of the tree and find productive applications for its remarkable (and natural) chemical compounds.
Already, these natural compounds yield:
Renewable energy investments help power our operations, as well as neighboring communities by supplying surplus energy to local grids.
Bioethanol plant under construction in Tartas, France. Facility meets RED II 2nd Generation requirements.
Anomera is developing a new class of biodegradable cosmetic powders that can replace fossil fuel derived ingredients in the cosmetic industry.
Among one of the most important natural Biopolymers from trees, these are used by businesses to produce products supporting agriculture and construction industries.
Environmentally-Efficient Tall Oil
Tall Oil can be produced from Tall Oil Soap (a by-product of pulp processing) and used to develop green chemicals or as a feedstock for producing biofuel.
Small molecules from hemicellulose for enhanced gut health in sustainable poultry farming.