Jim C. Hamer Companies are committed to the
proper management of forest resources. We own and manage
thousands of acres of forestland in the Appalachion Region of
the eastern United States. Jim C. Hamer Companies have been
honored by state and national organizations for our forestry
are also a certified Appalachian Hardwood Lumber Producer by the
Appalachian Hardwood Verified Sustainable program of Appalachian
Hardwood Manufacturers, Inc. View our certificate
According to the U.S. Forest Service,
managed forests offer more biodiversity than "preserved"
forests. To manage a forest means to take care of it, use it,
and be a good steward of it.
Reasons For The "Managed Forest" Approach:
The U.S. demands and needs the 10,000 wood
products that come from the forests.
Our country has set aside 13,000,000 acres
of preserved, old forests for aesthetic value, academic study,
history, etc. (We support setting aside some forests for
The 1.7 million employees (and their
families) in the United States in the wood products industry
need these jobs.
Managed forests produce more oxygen for the
atmosphere than old forests. Old trees at the end of their
life cycle use more oxygen than they produce.
Forest fires are greatly reduced by
managing the forest.
Toilet paper is more human friendly than
toilet plastic (just one example, try it with plastic wrap!)
Since trees are 100% renewable. recyclable
and biodegradable, they can be managed well for humans and the
environmental good of the planet.
To ensure good management practices, many
laws regulate how the forests are treated.
Managed forests are healthier forests.
The Bible states that trees are for human
use and should be carefully managed (Genesis 1).
Responsible management practices are
increasing the ratio of trees to people. There are currently
1,000 trees per person and that ratio is increasing annually.
The wood products industry provides
enormous tax revenues.
Facts established by science favor the
managed forest approach.
Managed forests are more protected from the
ravages of disease and weather related calamities.
Correctly managed forests protect wildlife
(including endangered species), clean air and water, and
provide a healthy ecosystem for the future.
The U.S. has more professional foresters
(who oversee the health of the forests) than any country in