This year Millar Western is celebrating the planting of their 200 millionth tree seedling since the company’s planting operations began in 1977.

Tim McCready, Millar Western Superintendent of Forestry, said that this is a very exciting accomplishment for the company.

“It’s extremely rewarding to know that we’ve got a future out there, and that there’s really great young forests that have come from planting all these trees,” he said.

Millar Western maintains an attitude of sustainability towards reforestation, McCready said, and making sure there are healthy and vigorous forests for the future.

“Seeing some of the successful plantations that we’ve produced, it’s sort of all the more motivation to go out there and put awesome young forests back on the landscape,” McCready said.

Jim Rennie, Woodlands County Mayor, said that he is excited to celebrate this milestone with Millar Western.

“They have a hundred years of making this work, and I know a hundred years from now they still will be here,” he said. “Their company continues in that tradition of just being really great people.”

Rennie also said that forestry is a model for the kind of industry we need, more that are sustainable and long term.

“They plant more trees, between two and three trees for every tree they take down, and have a 100-year plan to ensure environmental sustainability,” he said.

McCready explained Millar Western’s renewal program as everything behind getting the seedlings into the ground, making sure healthy growth is maintained and keeping them alive.

On average, Millar Western is currently planting at a rate of 5-6 million trees per year, consisting mainly of lodge-pole pine, white spruce and a bit of black spruce. After trees are planted, government regulations call for two site assessments in the first 14 years of a stand’s life. The first one is to make sure enough trees are growing in a specified area, and the second one is to ensure growth is being maintained.

While Millar Western hasn’t yet begun to harvest the trees they’ve planted— McCready said trees should be left to grow for a minimum of 60-70 years— they expect to begin harvesting some of their older stands in approximately 20 years.

In order to celebrate the company’s milestone, there will be a tree seedling planting ceremony this week on Sept. 30, 2016.

“If you think about it, there’s that much good plantations in the future to provide for us,” McCready said. “It’s a huge amount of trees, for sure.”