FSM started a Sustainable Forest Management Plan (SFMP) in 2002. The focus was to align our business view to our commitmment with socially and environmentally sustainable practices.
Our activities are based on three principles:
In practical terms, these principles translate into a thorough observation of all legal requirements, including:
From an operational perspective, the harvesting activity is performed every 25 years in selected areas depending on the 25 APUs (Annual Production Units) into which the total area of 70,000.0000 hectares is divided.
The selective logging strictly follows the Resource Exploration Map, which is based on a mandatory forest mapping study that includes a census of 100% of the trees found in the reserve area but which excludes, from the Managaged Areas, all the Permanently Preserved Areas located at water sources along the waterways or in locations with declivities exceeding 45º.
The mapping is crucial for designing the forest’s logistics plan because it is used to help locate the best track for the trucks to run, thus preventing them from running over small creeks. It is also used to calculate the size and number of equipment and staff required. However, its best use is to help determine the directions towards which the trees must fall in order to prevent damage to the standing trees.