Forest Management

Value Chain of Forest Management

Seedling Farming and Cultivation

Seedling Farming and Cultivation

Sumitomo Forestry Group was the first to modernize seedling production considering a decline in producers and other concerns. We are contributing to the sustainability of forest resources and active resource production through efforts such as the construction of greenhouse-type cultivation facilities with proper environmental management using proprietary production technology for seedling containers.

We have put in place a system able to produce 1.6 million seedlings annually throughout Japan as of fiscal 2018.

We also engage in tree cultivation under the concept of “the right tree in the right place,” with consideration of soil conditions at a given plantation, orientation and geography, etc.

Relevant Social Issues

In addition to resource recycling and other environmental issues, we have taken the first step toward sustainable forest management. These steps are related to solving broad social challenges such as regional revitalization with the establishment of seedbeds, in addition to resource recycling and other environmental challenges.

Relevant CSR Initiatives

Cultivation

Cultivation

The Sumitomo Forestry Group manages a total of approximately 48,000 hectares of company-owned forests in Japan and a total of around 230,000 hectares of company-owned plantation forest area overseas.

The Group works to maintain and enhance the public functions of forests by carrying out underbrush clearing, pruning, thinning and other appropriate management required for them to grow.

Relevant Social Issues

Forests are managed in a way that allows the diverse needs for timber to be lastingly satisfied by maintaining a healthy ecosystem throughout the forest while receiving the benefit of the timber it provides. Within Japan, this management not only contributes to revitalizing the forestry industry, but also to addressing both economic and environmental challenges, such as climate change measures and biodiversity conservation.

Relevant CSR Initiatives

Logging/Transport

Logging/
Transport

The Sumitomo Group logs in forests it owns or manages based on long-term logging plans.

Forest operations include appropriate thinning, which helps to preserve and increase forest resources, while taking into consideration the surrounding environment including the ecosystem. The Group aims for highly productive management of its forests based on operational plans that follow the principle of performing the appropriate management for the appropriate tree species on the suited land. The timber that is harvested is transported to business partners and plants. The Sumitomo Forestry Group furthers mechanization of transport operations and supports the use of domestic timber through the reduction of costs.

Relevant Social Issues

Sumitomo Forestry Group realizes sustainable forest management through long-term planned harvesting to address a variety of social challenges, including resource recycling and response to climate change as well as the conservation of biodiversity.

In addition, ensuring the safety of every worker is an important issue when harvesting trees. Sumitomo Forestry Group pays close attention to the occupational health and safety of every employee who is working for the Group, including business partners.

Relevant CSR Initiatives

Site Preparation/Planting

Site
Preparation/
Planting

The Sumitomo Forestry Group prepares plantations that have been harvested to build an environment allowing subsequent planting.

Relevant Social Issues

The Sumitomo Forestry Group always recognizes sustainability from an environmental perspective in a cycle that starts with planting, cultivation, harvest, use, and back to planting. We strive to address social challenges such as use of Japanese timber and forest revitalization.

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