Forests in the US store and filter more than half of the nation’s water supply and are a major carbon sink that sequester 15 percent of all domestic fossil fuel emissions, according to The Nature Conservancy. According to the National Alliance of Forest Owners, more than 2.4 million jobs depend on private working forests.
Lyme’s investment activities help maintain working forests and the many benefits they provide. Out of the 1.3+ million acres in which Lyme has invested, 95 percent have been (or are expected to be) permanently conserved. Read more about Lyme’s land conservation strategies.
Lyme’s forest management practices help maintain 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®). Read more about Lyme’s forest stewardship practices.
Sustainable timber has an important role to play in providing employment and supporting the broader economic health of rural communities. Read more about Lyme’s efforts to support the communities in which it works.
In 2017, Lyme became a signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI), publicly committing to incorporating environmental, social and corporate governance issues into its investment analysis and decision-making processes.