Environmental Sustainability and Land Stewardship
At TIR, we believe good stewardship is good business. We understand that when we are recognized by those who have an interest in our activities as having a strong land ethic, our ability to practice forestry, conduct forest operations and collaborate and partner with key stakeholder groups, like mainstream conservation organizations, is significantly enhanced. This not only facilitates the day-to-day work of our team, it also improves our ability to manage our clients’ assets in accordance with their short- and long-term risk and return objectives.
To us, sustainable forest management means, among other things:
Respecting and maintaining biodiversity and site productivity
Protecting each forest’s air, water, soil and wildlife attributes
Regenerating lands after timber harvests
Achieving our investment objectives while building and sustaining forest ecosystems
We operate in accordance with these principles by employing scientifically-based practices that are responsive to society’s needs. In addition, our forest management plans fully comply with all state “Best Management Practices” (BMPs) to ensure the protection of soil and water quality. We also utilize land management strategies that have been proven to prevent erosion and runoff, preserve biologically sensitive areas, and protect and enhance wildlife habitat.
Beyond our approach to practicing forestry, we also participate in land conservation initiatives that reflect society’s interest in the environmental, cultural, historical, aesthetic and broadly encompassing economic values of private forests. This often entails working closely with governmental agencies and private conservation groups.
Finally, TIR consistently operates clients’ forests in conformance with the stewardship priorities and sustainability principles of the organizations profiled below.
TIR is a third-party certified provider of forest management services under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) program. The SFI is the North American standard for forest management certification programs. More than 280 million acres of private forests in the U.S. and Canada are currently managed under the SFI label, which is used to identify products from paper towels to framing lumber that have been produced from wood grown in sustainably-managed forests. Being SFI certified means that TIR has been audited by an independent, third-party team and is recognized as having met SFI’s rigorous policy and performance standards.
TIR is an active and engaged member of the National Forest Owners Alliance (NAFO), which represents the interests of most of the largest non-industrial forest owners and managers in the United States. Compliance with a comprehensive and rigorous set of sustainable forest-management guidelines is a pre-requisite for involvement in NAFO and TIR has been a member in good standing since joining the organization in 2008.
TIR is a member of the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement (NCASI), an independent non-profit research institute that focuses on environmental issues, such as streamside management guidelines, biodiversity, landscape ecology, silvicultural chemical use and measures of sustainable forestry.
TIR is a member of the Forestland Owners Association (FLA) on behalf of its clients. FLA is a leading advocate for the rights of private landowners. The organization is particularly focused on protecting private property rights; advancing tax policies that are fair and reflective of the interests of private forest owners; and, promoting the establishment and maintenance of free and open markets in which forest owners can participate, both domestically and abroad.
Hunting and Recreational Leases
TIR issues hunting leases and recreational leases on many of the lands it manages. For information on the program, or to identify lands that are available for lease, please visit Premier Hunting Leases, TIR’s leasing partner.