Forest Management

Value Chain of Forest Management

Seedling Farming and Cultivation

Sumitomo Forestry Group was in the lead 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 the proper environmental management by using proprietary production technology for seedling containers.

We have put in place a system capable of producing 1.3 million seedlings annually throughout Japan as of fiscal 2017.

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 in addition to resource recycling and other environmental challenges.

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The Sumitomo Forestry Group manages a total 47,977 hectares of its own forests in Japan and a total of around 230,000 hectares of managed area overseas.

The Group works to maintain and enhance the public functions of these forests by implementing appropriate management for raising forest such as carrying out underbrush clearing, pruning, thinning and other appropriate management.

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 benefit of the timber it provides. This management not only contributes to revitalizing the forestry industry but also response to both economic and environmental social challenges, such as climate change measures and biodiversity conservation.

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The Sumitomo Group logs trees in its own forests and manages based on long-term logging plans.

In Forest operation, thinning is properly carried out while considering the surrounding environment such as ecosystems in order to maintain and expand forest resources. Sumitomo 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 by logging under long-term plans 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.

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Site Preparation/

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 issues such as use of Japanese timber and forest revitalization.

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