Tuscaloosa, Ala. - The Westervelt Company, a land-based resource company formerly known as Gulf States Paper Corporation, has renewed its Sustainable Forestry Initiative Program certification for the next five years by demonstrating, and exceeding, continuing conformance with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Standard, according to a third-party certification audit process managed by NSF-ISR.

The Westervelt Company owns approximately 500,000 acres of Southern yellow pine timberland in central Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina, and Virginia. Timber grown on the Alabama property is processed at its state-of-the-art lumber facility in Moundville, Ala.

Developed by professional foresters, conservationists, scientists and landowners, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Program is a comprehensive system of principles, objectives and performance measures that integrates the perpetual growing and harvesting of trees with the protection of wildlife, plants, soil and water quality. SFI certification provides the assurance that forests are being managed under the principles of sustainable forestry, which includes protection of special sties and biological diversity, responsible practices, reforestation and productive capacity, and long-term forest and soil productivity, among others.

"SFI certification is central to who we are as stewards of the land," said Jim King, Vice President of Natural Resources for The Westervelt Company. "By renewing our certification, we demonstrate our commitment to the improvement of our SFI program. Our focus is on practicing sustainable forestry management to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

The Westervelt Company exceeded the requirements of the SFI certification process in six areas this year. These areas include the company's GIS soils information system, their implementation of best management practices on all sites, the company's program to control invasive species, their protection and management of over 30 special-significance sites, their logger education program, and upgrades to their road closure and stream crossing program.

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