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RoyOMartin foresters currently manage approximately 570,000 acres of highly productive, family-owned timberland in 32 parishes in Louisiana. The ownership consists of 150,000 acres of natural bottomland hardwood; 60,000 acres of natural upland mixed pine/hardwood forests; and 61,000 acres set aside in streamside management zones, habitat retention zones, or high conservation value forests. The remaining 299,000 acres are under high-yield plantation management.

Nearly 60% of the raw materials consumed in RoyOMartin’s Louisiana manufacturing plants are produced from these company lands. High-quality pine logs are used for plywood production at our Chopin plywood plant, and pine pulpwood is converted to OSB at our plant in Oakdale. 

RoyOMartin’s management of this timberland asset has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) since 2002. This certification verifies that our timberland-management practices are consistent with the tenets of FSC® in regard to social, environmental, ecological, and economic responsibilities. An annual audit is conducted by representatives of the Forest Stewardship Council® to ensure ongoing compliance. As evidenced by our certification, these forests are managed in a responsible and environmentally sensitive manner. Practicing sustainable forestry is important to all of us because this helps to ensure that we will be able to provide the products needed by our communities for years to come. RoyOMartin foresters planted more than 3.2 million trees last planting season to regenerate 6,185 acres of new forests this year – an important step in our sustainable forest management. These timberlands are living proof that forests can be economically viable and sustainably managed and can provide wildlife habitat, clean water, and recreation opportunities for local communities for generations to come.

Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) Information

It is the policy of this company to avoid using wood that has been illegally harvested, wood from genetically modified trees, wood harvested from areas where traditional or civil rights are violated in the process, wood from uncertified high conservation value old-growth forests, wood from natural forests converted to plantations or non-forest use as described in the current FSC® PBC policy, and will comply with the Values of FSC as defined in FSC-POL-01-004 regarding practices, whether directly or indirectly, in violation of the core ILO conventions as defined in the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.  The company has appointed a contact person responsible for implementing this policy.  If it is demonstrated that a supplying company is obtaining wood from such sources, we will promptly take appropriate actions, including stopping purchases from such sources for products covered by this policy.

This company is committed to making best efforts to identify the sources of wood used for products labeled according to the FSC® rules, and to publish reports on the origin of materials used in the products affected with sufficient geographical resolution to ensure compliance with the policy.  If it proves impossible to identify the origin of some of these raw materials, we are committed to replacing them with materials which can be sourced with confidence.  Our reports will describe our system for verifying and monitoring our sources, the proportions of raw materials which have not yet been verified, and the steps being taken to replace materials of unknown origin.

Visit to view RoyOMartin's certificate of forest management, issued by the Rainforest Alliance, and for RoyOMartin's Chain of Custody/Controlled Wood information.

Our contact person on this matter:

E. Scott Poole, Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Phone: 318-483-3895

All of the following RoyOMartin products are available Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified: OSB, plywood, timbers, and wood chips. This certification verifies that RoyOMartin’s timberland-management practices are consistent with the tenets of FSC® regarding social, environmental, ecological and economic responsibilities. This family-owned timberland is managed in an environmentally sensitive manner and is living proof that our forests can be well managed and economically viable. Responsible forestry practices ensure that we will be able to provide the products needed by our communities now and into the future.