Wood Resource Sustainability Policy
January, 2009 To Present
From several family generations of lumber tradition, Cherry Hill Hardwoods, Inc. was established in April of 1987. Our business
has developed into a respected and internationally known hardwood drying and concentration facility with a specialty in white oak
exports. Key resource procurement practices reflect our unwavering commitment to sound forest and wood product sustainability
standards. Our rough cut lumber is acquired primarily from Pennsylvania and its surrounding states in the heart of North American
Hardwood lumber production activity. There are scores of years of sound management of USA forests to support our policy.
According to the American Hardwood Export Council, The RPA 2000 Assessment shows that between 1953 and 2007, the
volume of U.S. hardwood growing stock more than doubled from 5,210 million m3 to 11,326 million m3. U.S. Forest Service forecasts
indicate that further increases of 15 to 20 percent are expected in the hardwood growing stock inventory through 2030. Projections of
hardwood growth and removals nationwide indicate that growth will continue to exceed removals through to 2050.
The USA and its several states have in place adequate policies, procedures, laws, rules and regulations to protect our forest
resources and manage them sustainably for many future generations. An independent third party study commissioned by AHEC and
conducted by a team of international experts and led by Alberto Goetzl, of Seneca Creek Associates LLC, confirms that:
U.S. hardwoods derive from legal and well managed forests.
Hardwood procured from anywhere in the hardwood states could be considered low risk in all five Forest Stewardship Council
(FSC) risk categories.
There exists a low risk that U.S. hardwoods are produced from controversial sources as defined in the Chain of Custody standard
of the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).
All states in the U.S. hardwood-producing region can be considered low risk for illegal and non-sustainable hardwood sourcing.
Given the safety-net of national and state regulations and programs that address unlawful conduct and faulty forest practices, the
need for traceability, independent chain of custody and/or controlled wood certification to demonstrate legality should not be a
crucial consideration for U.S. sourcing of hardwood products.
The full research report is available at http://www.ahec-europe.org.
Assessment of Lawful Harvesting & Sustainability of
US Hardwood Exports
Seneca Creek Associates, LLC
SUMMARY & FINDINGS
October 1, 2008
"(8) We have addressed each of the five risk categories of wood that should be avoided
according to the FSC Controlled Wood standard (FSC-STD-40-005) that applies to the noncertified portion of mixed products.
These categories are:
(1) illegally harvested wood;
(2) wood harvested in violation of traditional or civil rights;
(3) wood harvested in forests where high conservation values are threatened by management activities;
(4) wood harvested in forests being converted to plantations or non-forest use; and
(5) wood harvested from forests where genetically modified trees are planted.
We have a high confidence that hardwood procured from anywhere in the Hardwood
States could be considered Low Risk in all five risk categories of the standard. Minor and
occasional instances contrary to this finding are present in one or more of the risk categories, and where they do occur, they should be
further evaluated by companies procuring wood in those areas. However, we determine the level to be within the threshold for being low
risk through our interpretation of the FSC standard and its requirements."
Cherry Hill Hardwoods, Inc. unequivocally states its Wood Resource Sustainability Policy with full confidence based on many years
of sound resource management best practices and third party supporting evidence.
100% of our lumber suppliers (our entire lumber supply chain) sign a committment declaring they do not inappropriately source their
stock and do not have any knowledge of their sources engaging in any activities that violate the spirt or letter of the 5 risk categories.
Further inquiries should be directed to:
Ed Burkett, Chief Financial Officer
Procurement and Sustainability
Cherry Hill Hardwoods, Inc.
3150 Middle Road
Richfield, PA 17086
Member of the National Hardwood Lumber Association
Our Affiliated Company Penn Lumber Inc is a member of The American Hardwood Export Council
Our Committment Runs Deep!