As one of the largest private landowners in the U.S., Rayonier is committed to preserving endangered and threatened species and their habitats across our lands.
We consistently meet or exceed forestry Best Management Practices (BMPs) designed to protect ecosystems such as swamps, marshes and forests where many wildlife and plant species flourish. We partner with wildlife experts and maintain practices of our own that help protect vital species on our lands.
One of the oldest living species in North America, the gopher tortoise can be found in Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana. We take precautions to protect the tortoise in all phases of our operations, from protecting burrows to relocating them when necessary. Through various partnerships with local wildlife groups, we survey and monitor the gopher tortoise population in Florida, where the species is considered threatened.
Designated a threatened species in 1976, the Red Hills salamander is found only in five Alabama counties. To protect these creatures, which require cool, moist slopes, Rayonier has taken significant steps to generate a buffer around the slopes where they may live. Our efforts recently received a “Notable Practice” acknowledgement from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI).
Rayonier, along with other industry members, partnered with the Washington Forest Protection Association (WFPA)
, local Native American tribes and government agencies to adopt the Forests & Fish Law – one of the most significant pieces of collaborative forestry legislation in the nation.
The law is designed to protect 60,000 miles of streams running through 9.3 million acres of forestland. It is the largest habitat conservation plan in the nation to cover salmon, steelhead and other aquatic species. Rayonier is upgrading 4,000 miles of roads, bridges, culverts and silt traps to meet the law’s tough new standards for both water quality and fish passage.
Rayonier has placed more than 190,000 acres into conservation outcomes. These transactions also conserve habitat for numerous species. Click here to read more about conservation sales
For more information about Rayonier's Commitment to Wildlife, view our fact sheet.