VANCOUVER – Skeena Sawmills’ mill and forest operations near Terrace, B.C., have earned certification to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) standards.

“One of our core commitments is to consistently improve our sustainable forest practices,” said Teddy Cui, president and CEO of Skeena Sawmills. “Certification to the SFI and PEFC standards is proof that we are delivering on that promise and meeting the highest environmental, social and economic standards possible.”

Cui added that the certification is important to global customers and aligns with the company’s plans to invest $40 million and double capacity over the next few years.

“SFI and PEFC are rigorous standards that have requirements to protect biodiversity, wildlife habitat, First Nations values, and to ensure public engagement,” said Greg DeMille, woodlands manager. “We are proud to achieve this certification in the region and join a growing list of sustainability leaders around the globe.”