The forest is the core for SCA's operations. Our forests are managed long-term with the ambition to both produce more valuable raw materials and preserve and develop the forest's other values. The goal is to have at least as much timber, biodiversity and nature experiences in our forests in the future as we have today.
SCA is Europe’s largest private forest owner with 2.6 million hectares of forest in Northern Sweden and approximately 60,000 hectares in the Baltics. We have a long tradition of caring for and cultivating the forest and have a great responsibility for how we carry out our forestry measures.
Our responsible forestry combines high production of valuable renewable raw material with extensive consideration to the forest's other values – biodiversity, reindeer husbandry, ancient and cultural remains, experiences and much more. At the same time, our forests, and the sustainable products that come from them, make an important contribution to the development of a fossil-free society.
Long-term landscape perspective
When we plan how our forests are to be managed, we work long-term and with a landscape perspective where we look at our forests over large geographical areas. In this way, we can effectively create different values in different areas of our forests. We call the working method landscape ecological planning. Forests with high natural values are exempted from forestry or managed so that the natural values are enhanced, while the growth of raw materials is a major focus in other areas.
The development and preservation of biodiversity in SCA’s forests is the most important environmental target in the management of our forests. All flora and fauna found in our forests must have the conditions to live there in the future as well. This means that there must be a variety of habitats in our forests, and we work both to preserve and recreate habitats for species with special requirements.
Nature conservation is a natural part of the way we manage the forests – also in forests that do not possess any particular conservation values. This means that nature conservation is always part of our forest operations, such as regeneration harvesting, thinning, fertilization, soil scarification, pre-commercial thinning, and forest road construction.
A sustainable future
A responsible and active forest management has resulted in SCA having well-managed forests, which contribute to biodiversity as well as conservation and recreational values, while in parallel the standing volume is growing in the forest and an increasing volume of renewable raw material can be harvested.
Growing forests bind carbon dioxide and thus counteract climate change. The forests then provide us with renewable raw material that we and our customers use to manufacture sustainable products that can replace products with a greater climate impact.
We are proud of the forestry that we have developed into what it is today. As we gain new knowledge, we continue to develop in order to become even better. With the force of the forest, we contribute to a sustainable future.
SCA's forests and forestry
Read more about our forest holdings and how we care for them. You are always welcome to visit our forests and enjoy some nice destinations.
We manage our forests responsibly and long-term so that they provide higher growth and greater harvesting opportunities over time. At the same time, we take extensive consideration to preserve and develop the forest's other values.
Our forests are home to a variety of flora and fauna, and we want them to be able to live there in the future as well. This means that there must be a variety of habitats in our forests and we therefore work to develop, preserve and recreate habitats for species with special requirements.
Our forests are not only a habitat for flora and fauna, but also a place for both children and adults. We want people who live near our forests to be able to enjoy them and use the forest for leisure, recreation and wonderful nature experiences, all year round.
Facts & figures 2022
SCA's map tool
Our map tool allows you to see SCA’s entire land holdings in Sweden, including forest voluntarily set aside. You can also see our five conservation parks.
Limiting global warming is one of the greatest challenges of our time. As a forest company, we are one part of the solution. Firstly, as trees in our forests grow and capture and bind CO₂. Thereafter, as our sustainable raw materials are turned into products that replace those that leave a broader carbon footprint. In this way, oil and coal can remain underground.