Environmental Sustainability

Our Commitment to Sustainable Forestry

At Boise Paper we don’t own forest land, so we protect forests through responsible wood fiber sourcing. We believe there are three credible and independently valid certification programs available today, and we believe free and fair competition among them fosters continuous improvement.

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Boise Paper is committed to responsible fiber procurement practices

Boise Paper understands there are different opinions regarding the status of specific forest areas in North America. That’s why we rely on internationally recognized, credible and science-based conservation organizations – like the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) and Conservation International’s NatureServe – to make determinations regarding the status of forest areas.

You can have confidence the fiber we procure comes from well-managed forests, as evidenced by our fiber procurement certifications from these independent third-party programs.

Sustainable Paper for a Sustainable Future

It’s responsible forestry that nurtures a sustainable, natural process. We love trees. We want a greener, brighter future for everyone.

Our Commitment in Action

  • We have professional foresters on staff to ensure wood fiber is responsibly sourced from properly managed forests.
  • We contribute substantially to research conducted by the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement to advance our knowledge of forestry and forest services, including the importance of forests and forest products for carbon sequestration.
  • We require all indirect suppliers (suppliers of residual sawmill chips and market pulps) to declare their sourcing areas. Further, our sourcing controls are consistent with Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) Controlled Wood Standard and Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) Certified Sourcing Standard.
  • All of our wood fiber suppliers are contractually bound to provide Boise Paper and PCA with legally harvested wood fiber for our operations. Compliance is an enforced contract provision, as defined by federal laws and best management practices at the state level.


We believe there are three credible and independently valid certification programs available today.

In fact, according to the U.S. National Society of State Foresters, “No certification program can credibly claim to be ‘best’, and no certification program that promotes itself as the only certification option can maintain credibility.” We also believe that free and fair competition among programs fosters continuous improvement, and we work with our customers to ensure our certification choices meet their needs.

Boise Paper is made in the United States, and helps keep American forests growing and local economies thriving.

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Forest Certification

Forest certification verifies that a specific area of forest is being managed according to certain sustainability standards that work toward the well-being of the environment, as well as the economy and humanity.

Fiber Sourcing Certification

Fiber Sourcing governs how participants obtain wood fiber from forestland. It’s particularly useful to organizations that do not own or manage their own land, but purchase wood directly from forests. It helps ensure harvesting best practices and encourages landowners to become certified.

Chain-of-Custody Certification

Chain-of-Custody (COC) is a means of tracking certified wood and wood-based products throughout the supply chain. A COC-certified product is a product from a manufacturer that follows the applicable COC standard and complies with the certification claim made on its packaging.

PCA’s Boise Paper mills are certified to all three procurement standards available in the U.S.

Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI)

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) is a North American standard, developed by professional foresters, conservationists, scientists, and others, to promote sustainable forest management and address key environmental, social, and economic forest values.

Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®)

The Forest Stewardship Council®  is an international nongovernmental organization that promotes environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world’s forests. To learn more, visit www.fsc.org

Our Mill

For decades, exceptional Boise Paper products have been made with pride at our United States based mill, which employs over 500 men and women in safe and healthy work environments.

We proudly demonstrate a commitment to sustainability throughout our manufacturing process.

Here are just a few examples

  • Paper making is an energy-intensive endeavor;
    however, the majority of energy used to make
    Boise Paper products is self-generated using renewable, carbon-neutral biomass
  • Our mills hold environmental certifications – including PEFC, FSC® and SFI® Chain of Custody; and SFI® Certified Sourcing – that reflect a fundamental commitment to sustainable forestry

Planting Trees

Planting trees is the perfect symbol of sustainability – helping the planet, people, and the economy prosper.

That’s why Boise Paper proudly partners with the Arbor Day Foundation, community leaders, and hundreds of dedicated volunteers each year to turn neglected urban spaces into clean, green neighborhood gathering places where families and individuals can come together, relax, and thrive.

As a Boise Paper customer, you’re already an important part of supporting Project UP. If you want to volunteer or have suggestion for our next project, email BoisePaper@BoisePaper.com.

Did you know?

Over 91% of wood harvested in the U.S. comes from privately owned lands (10 million people in the U.S. own family forests). Many of these landowners rely on sustainably harvesting a portion of their forest to earn an income. If these families cannot earn a living from their forests, there’s a good chance they’ll cut them down for farmland or real estate development.

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