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Company-owned Forests in Japan

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The Oji Group owns and manages 190,000 hectares of forests in Japan. This total area is among the largest of all forests owned by private corporate entities. Initially, the company-owned forests were aimed at producing raw materials for paper. We later changed our policy to use the forests to produce raw wood for lumber, which will be high-value material. At present, the area of our artificial forests (forest plantations) is approximately 80,000 hectares, constituting 41% of all company-owned forests. We plant Sakhalin fir, larch, and other varieties in Hokkaido, and cedar, Japanese cypress, and other trees on the Main Island and southward. The average age of these trees is about 50 years. The Oji Group manages its forests sustainably by working on harvesting and replanting trees to rejuvenate forests, while also continuing forest cultivation such as thinning.

   
Biei mountain forest (Hokkaido) Kami-Inako mountain forest (Shizuoka) Fuso mountain forest (Wakayama)

Sustainable Forest Management and Social and Environmental Contributions

Forests are closely related to our lives. It is important to maintain extensive forests in Japan while making effective use of them.

The Oji Group considers it necessary to encourage the cooperation of people engaged in forestry in the mountains and users of lumber. We therefore provide raw materials of lumber, plywood, paper, biomass fuels, and other products to companies both inside and outside the Group in our efforts to revitalize Japan’s forestry industry and ensure a stable supply of domestic lumber.

We also manage our forests by giving full consideration to environmental contributions, which we believe to be the social responsibility of a company that owns forests. We take initiatives to ensure that our forests meet a range of functions, including support for activities to protect Japanese huchen, fairy pitta, and other rare species and the hosting of Oji Forest Nature School.

Forest cultivation (Hokkaido) Harvested wood (Kanagawa)

Acquisition of SGEC Forest Certification

SGEC forest certification is a unique Japanese forest certification program*1 that is operated by the Sustainable Green Ecosystem Council (SGEC). The Oji Group has been striving to acquire this certification for its forests, having started with the Kami-Inako mountain forest in Shizuoka in December 2003. To date, we have acquired SGEC forest certification for 330 company-owned forests in Japan, excluding profit-sharing forests, with a total area of 173,000 hectares. It is the largest area of certified forests among those of private companies in Japan. In fiscal 2016, SGEC signed a mutual recognition agreement with the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), an international organization. This has made SGEC forest certification an internationally viable certification program.

*1 Forest certification
Forest certification is aimed at sustainable forest management. An independent, third-party organization certifies a forest by examining it to see whether it is managed well in accordance with specific standards.
Inspection for SGEC certification of Mimasaka mountain forest (Okayama)

Forest certification