Responsible management creates a diversity of values for people and the environment.

Good examples

Avverkning för återskapad tjäderplats Ångermanland

SCA recreating capercaillie lekking site
SCA has carried out a special harvesting operation to recreate one of Ångermanland’s finest capercaillie lekking sites. Large spruce were felled while old pine, small spruce and bushes were left standing to create an ideal habitat for adult capercaillies and their young chicks.

SCA recreating capercaillie lekking site
SCA och Holmen naturvårdssamarbete Kunnådalen Ångermanland

Nature conservation across company boundaries
SCA and Holmen are cooperating to create a forest trail with a focus on nature and cultural conservation in a area with first-class forests and high conservation values. The trail is part of Holmen’s “Kunskapsskog” and encompasses SCA’s voluntary set-asides in Kunnådalen in Ångermanland, Sweden.

Nature conservation across company boundaries
Rödmyran Paulund i Västerbotten, restaurerad myr 2014, foton från 2019

Successful restoration of rich fen in Västerbotten
Wetter and lusher vegetation with an abundance of ponds. That is the result of a restoration of the Rödmyran Paulund fen, Västerbotten. The fen covers an area of 14 hectares, mostly on SCA’s land.

Successful restoration of rich fen in Västerbotten
Mosippa

Burning and seed planting to help endangered pasqueflowers
At the end of July, SCA carried out controlled burning at two smaller areas in Härjedalen to encourage the growth of the endangered and rare pasqueflower. More than 300 pasqueflower seeds have now been sown in order to hopefully increase the flower population.

Burning and seed planting to help endangered pasqueflowers
Skogsvårdsbränning. Naturvårdsbränning.

Burning forests – for nature’s best
Controlled burning is one of the most effective nature conservation measures that we can perform. Through fire, we create habitats for species that benefit from or that are dependent on forest fires to be able to survive.

Controlled forest burnings
Sörgraninge mångfaldspark

Our Conservation Parks
Our conservation parks are areas distinguished by a higher degree of diversity than the forest landscape in general. With the park, we are continuing our efforts to develop forestry and ensure even greater resilience and sustainability from all perspectives.

Our Conservation Parks
Swedish forest, SCA Skog, SCA Forest Products

The Right of Public Access
The Right of Public Access gives everybody the freedom to roam the Swedish countryside. We can sum this up with the phrase ”Don’t disturb – don’t destroy”.

The Right of Public Access
Reportage om skogsvård i Din Skog 2015.

Ensuring forests growth and usage
The forest industry contributes to counteract climate change.

Ensuring forests growth and usage
Valuable forests
Valuable forests

Responsible forestry

Responsible and active forestry aims to achieve long-term growth in the forest while preserving biodiversity. This creates the conditions for both profitability in the future and for continuing high levels of environmental benefits. The forest’s growth potential can be optimally utilized through active and scientifically based forest management practices.

21 per cent of SCA's productive forest land is excluded from harvesting to preserve biodiversity. SCA's responsible forest management are based on the long-term and sustainable use of the forest as a resource, which ensures it is at least as rich in biodiversity, nature experiences and economic values in the future as it is today.

Read more about our environmental work in the forest

Activities

Our forests are home to lots of animals and plants. Responsible forestry involves, among other things, sustaining the conservation of biodiversity, offering nature experiences in the forestland and providing a high quality raw material. SCA's large forest holdings are an important carbon sink, as growing trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Forestry also provides many jobs. Our forest certificates ensure credibility to our work.

Solid wood products in Great Britain from SCA Timber, SCA Forest Products.

Certificates
The most common reason for certification is that customers require a company to demonstrate that serious quality and environmental work is being conducted. SCA also sees the benefit of a certification auditor reviewing our operations and making demands on our business development.

Certificates
Peltovaara mångfaldspark

Balancing between biodiversity and positive climate impact
One high-priority environmental target in SCA forestry is preserving biodiversity.

Biodiversity and positive climate impact
Fångstgrop, forn- och kulturlämningar, med kulturstubbar

Less damage to ancient and cultural remains
SCA’s positive trend with increasingly less damage to ancient and cultural remains has continued. The target is zero damage to remains during site preparation and final harvesting operations. “We are moving steadily towards our zero-damage target,” says Anna Cabrajic, forest ecologist at SCA.

Less damage to ancient and cultural remains
Valuable forests
Valuable forests

Valuable forests

Target 2019

  • Our forests are to be at least as rich in biodiversity, nature experiences and raw material in the future as they are today
  • All wood raw material in our products is to be FSC® or PEFC™-certified or at least fulfill FSC®'s standard for controlled wood FSC® CW

Outcome 2018

  • Standing volume in own forest amounted to 235 million m3fo
  • Area exempted for nature conservation: 20% of productive forest land
  • Share of wood raw material in SCA’s products that complies with FSC®, PEFC™ or FSC® CW: 100%
Sustainability target 2019