Fruit Growers Supply Company Policies for SFI Compliance
- Practice of Sustainable Forestry
It is the policy of FGS to practice sustainable forestry to meet the needs of the present without compromising future productivity. Our foresters and forestry workers will practice a land stewardship ethic that integrates state of the art forestry management with ecosystem protection and the conservation of soil, air and water quality, carbon, biological diversity, wildlife and aquatic habitats, recreation, and aesthetics.
- Forest Productivity and Health
It is the policy of FGS to insure regeneration after harvest and to maintain and protect the long-term productive capacity of the forest land base and soil productivity. FGS employees will also do all they can to insure overall forest health by protecting forests from economically or environmentally undesirable levels of wildfire, pests, diseases, invasive exotic plants and animals, and other damaging agents thereby maintaining and improving long-term forest health and productivity.
- Water Resources and Quality
It is the policy of FGS to protect water bodies and riparian zones and to conform with best management practices to protect water quality.
- Protection of Biological Diversity
It is the policy of FGS to manage forests in ways that protect and promote biological diversity including animal and plant species, wildlife habitats, and ecological or natural community types.
- Aesthetics and Recreation
It is the policy of FGS to manage the visual impacts of forest operations and to provide recreational opportunities for the public.
- Protection of Special Sites
It is the policy of FGS to manage forests and lands of special significance (ecologically, geologically or culturally important) in a manner that protects their integrity and takes into account their unique qualities.
- Legal Compliance
It is the policy of FGS to comply with applicable federal, state, and local forestry and related environmental laws, statutes, and regulations.
It is the policy of FGS to support advances in sustainable forest management through forestry research, science and technology.
- Training and Education
It is the policy of FGS to improve the practice of sustainable forestry through
training and education programs.
- Public Involvement
It is the policy of FGS to broaden the practice of sustainable forestry on public
lands through community involvement.
It is the policy of FGS to broaden the understanding of forest certification to the
SFI 2010-2014 Standard by documenting certification audits and making the findings publicly available.
- Continual Improvement
It is the policy of FGS to continually improve its forest management practices
and to monitor, measure and report its performance in pursuing its commitment to sustainable forestry.