Collins FSC Certified Forests
Not all forests are created equal
All three Collins forests—Pennsylvania, Almanor, and Lakeview—have been independently certified by Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) in accordance with the principles and criteria of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).
The 314,000 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
The Collins Companies’ 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.
The Collins Companies’ 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.