The working forest
Forests take on many forms – from intensively managed, high-yield plantation forests in the southern hemisphere to vast tracts of lower-yield boreal forests in the north.
A working forest is about achieving a balance between optimising timber production and maintaining natural and social capital. Production of trees must be balanced with efforts to protect biodiversity, water and soils to ensure the full range of forest services can be maintained. This balance contributes to more resilient production landscapes.
The other distinguishing characteristics of working forests are that they are certified and sustainably managed to provide social, environmental and economic benefits.