Above: White pine seed tree harvest, Lyme Adirondack Forest Company property in the Adirondacks, New York.
Banner Photo: Cut-to-length processor and forwarder on Lyme Adirondack Forest Company lands in the Adirondacks, New York.
The Lyme Timber Company LP is a recognized leader in conservation and sustainable forest management. Out of the 965,000 acres in Lyme’s current and historical portfolio, 95 percent has been (or is expected to be) permanently protected through the sale of working forest conservation easements and other conservation instruments. Lyme’s investments typically fill holes in important conservation landscapes, and their protection helps deliver vital ecosystem services, including carbon storage, flood control, maintenance of air quality, drinking water supply protection, recycling of nutrients, soil generation, habitat protection, recreation and ecotourism. Lyme’s investment activities also support rural economies by employing logging contractors, foresters, truckers, mill operators and others in related industries.
Lyme uses the IRIS (Impact Reporting and Investment Standards) metrics developed by the Global Impact Investing Network to track the conservation and economic impact of its investments.
Sustainable Forest Management
Lyme’s forest management practices ensure that the production of forest products will occur while conserving the ecological health and biological diversity of the forest.
All of the Company's working timberland properties are third-party certified to one or both of the two leading sustainable forestry certification programs - the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI). Over 20 million board feet of FSC certified logs are harvested from Lyme lands annually.
In addition, Lyme received the Adirondack Stewardship Award/Landowner of the Year from the Adirondack Landowners Association in 2007, the Environmental Excellence Award from the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation in 2006 and the Sustainable Forestry Award from the Adirondack Council in 2007.
The Company's forest management practices are guided by the Northern Forest Lands Council's nine principles of sustainability, which are:
1. Maintenance of soil productivity.
2. Conservation of water quality, wetlands, and riparian zones.
3. Maintenance or creation of a healthy balance of forest age classes.
4. Continuous flow of timber, pulpwood, and other forest products.
5. Improvement of the overall quality of the timber resource as a foundation for
more value-added opportunities.
6. Maintenance of scenic quality by limiting adverse aesthetic impacts of forest
harvesting, particularly in high-elevation areas and vistas.
7. Conservation and enhancement of habitats that support a full range of native
flora and fauna.
8. Protection of unique or fragile areas.
9. Continuation of opportunities for traditional recreation.
The Company is also involved in a number of partnerships to enhance the benefits of sustainably managed forestlands for wildlife. These include the Northern Young Forest Initiative and a number of projects with the Wildlife Management Institute that integrate habitat and wildlife management with production of forest products.
For more information on The Lyme Timber Company's forest management practices, please contact Sean Ross, Director of Forestry Operations, at (603) 643-3300 x1132.