Certified Forests

Collins FSC® Certified Forests

Not all forests are created equal

All three Collins forests—Pennsylvania, Almanor, and Lakeview—have been independently certified by SCS Global Services in accordance with the standards and policies of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

The 311,000 acres of Collins timberlands are biodiverse, multi-layered, canopied forests, not single-species tree farms. They are self-sustaining, containing more wood today than they did over a hundred years ago. They are home to bald eagles, black bears, wild turkeys, rubber boas, beavers, great blue heron rookeries and the endangered Goose Lake redband trout. They are enriched by meadows, springs, creeks, rivers, and lakes. They are naturally healthy forests—growing trees only from sunshine, water, and nutrients from fertile soil.

A commitment to sustainable forestry

Collins' vision of sustainability was first articulated in 1940 by the third generation, Truman W. Collins. He was half a century ahead of the rest of the forest products industry in implementing sustainable practices to protect the integrity of the total forest ecosystem—an idea almost unheard of at that time. Even today, the idea, as well as the practice, remain rarities.

Collins' long-standing commitment to land and resource stewardship demands that we:

  • Maintain the health of the total forest ecosystem;
  • Support the production of wood on a sustained, renewable basis; and
  • Provide social and economic benefits to the surrounding areas and communities.