Finch Paper LLC formed a forest management company last month called Finch Forest Management. The foresters will provide consulting forestry services to clients, and have Society of American Foresters’ Certified Forester credentials. They assist landowners who want to achieve third-party certification.
Finch foresters will prepare long-term management plans for its clients, which will include responsible timber harvesting, and identifying opportunities for forest owners to lease their lands for activities that will not negatively impact the forest. The foresters will help owners earn management certifications from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.
In 2007, Finch, Pruyn & Company became Finch Paper LLC and sold its forests to The Nature Conservancy for $110 million with the agreement that Finch would continue to manage the lands. Finch, Pruyn & Company was founded in 1865 as a sawmill, lumberyard and quarry operation, and started making paper in 1904. Currently, Finch Paper makes over 250,000 tons of uncoated printer paper for book publishers and business offices from its mill in Glen Falls, NY.
“We’re extremely proud to make FSC- and SFI-certified papers, but our commitment to sustainable forestry cannot stop there,” said Roger Dziengeleski, vice president and certified forester. “It’s not enough to simply use certified wood in our products. We’re working to ensure that our nation’s forests remain as forests for generations to come.”
“We have an interest in seeing that as many forests as possible remain as forests — for the paper and wood products we rely on, for clean air and water, for a diversity of wildlife habitat and for recreational purposes,” said Dziengelski.
“Finch Paper continues to be synonymous with responsible, sustainable forestry,” said Joseph F. Raccuia, president and CEO of Finch Paper. “The long-term health of our paper mill is directly tied to the long-term health and availability of a healthy, growing forest resource – and we are committed to helping keep those forests healthy and growing for generations to come.”
Michael Carr, Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy, said, “The Nature Conservancy had long admired the Finch foresters’ sustainable forestry practices from afar. Now that we are working directly with them in the care of our forests in New York’s Adirondack Park, we are even more impressed. They have a deep understanding of forest health, a true appreciation for the biological richness and sensitivity of our lands, and a real interest in helping us achieve our goals and objectives.”
Peter Litchfield of the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy said, “Finch foresters have been of tremendous help in managing our forestland for more than a decade now. Whether helping us to combat beech bark disease, plan responsible timber harvests, or market our saw logs, veneer logs, pulp wood or biomoass, they have done so professionally, effectively and with constant communication about their progress. I would recommend them highly to anyone interested in maximizing the health and viability of their forestland.”