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We know forests are more than just trees. To increase recognition of the full value our timberlands offer, we developed a program to measure and report on 18 ecosystem services provided by our forests.

We share this information to help educate the public about the many benefits forests provide, to demonstrate transparency about additional revenue sources, and to serve as a leader in global reporting standards for ecosystem services.



THE DATA

These are tangible benefits provided by an ecosystem, such as food or timber. 

Ecosystem ServiceScaleReporting Unit201320142015
Fiber (roundwood harvested) All Weyerhaeuser timberlands Volume (thousands m3) 20,844 23,839 23,587
Food (mushrooms/berries) US West Acres covered by permits 1,045,850 1,146,086 1,715,057
Greenery US West Acres covered by permits 853,400 1,075,676 1,664,533
Tons sold for noble fir boughs 717 658 1,248
Livestock (grazing) Uruguay, Canada, and West Acres of grazing leases 1,084,539 1,188,043 1,188,887
Honey production Uruguay and US West Bee box (hive) leases 17,465 20,433 22,993
Biochemical (wood extractives) US South and Uruguay Tons of soap (potential) based on extractive supply 131,195 125,543 122,499
Gallons of turpentine (potential) based on extractives supply 977,997 935,869 913,174
Pounds harvested of turpentine (traditional method) 33,314 66,200 69,000
Fur production Canada Total permits 495 487 456
Genetic resources (tree improvement) All Weyerhaeuser timberlands Total improved seedlings planted 59,961,005 84,130,715 79,501,884

These are the ecosystem processes necessary to maintain human health and ecosystem infrastructure, such as water and air purification.

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Ecosystem ServiceScaleReporting Unit201320142015
Water regulation (quantity and quality) All Weyerhaeuser timberlands Percent harvested area planted within 2 yrs 99% 99% 98%
Riparian buffer/perennial stream length (m2/m)* 160

150

150

*Based on current public stream layer datasets.      
Fire resistance All Weyerhaeuser timberlands Acres burned (not including prescribed burns) 5,181 14,645 7,004

These services enable the other categories to work, such as nutrient cycling and soil formation.

 
Ecosystem ServiceScaleReporting Unit201320142015
Habitat (protected) US and Uruguay Acres, including biotopes, riparian buffers, and wetland mitigation banks 878,257 921,310 947,856
Canada 5,459,812 5,513,718 5,541,626
Habitat (managed) US and Canada Acres of early-successional habitat 2,586,441 2,649,264 2,499,333
Acres of mid-successional habitat 10,423,166 11,251,131 11,396,928
Formal Habitat Management Agreements US and Canada Acres 9,202,729 9,230,807 9,085,257
Habitat (fish habitat/aquatics) US West Upgraded stream crossings/drainage projects (cumulative) 1,542 1,704 1,818
Soil productivity All Weyerhaeuser timberlands Information from soil productivity research (updated annually) see link see link see link

These services are nonmaterial values people derive from ecosystems, such as recreation.

Ecosystem ServiceScaleReporting Unit201320142015
Hunting US South People in hunt clubs 57,843 53,189 50,230
US West Permits in game management units 56,458 11,197 11,496
Special sites All Weyerhaeuser timberlands Special sites 1,966 2,096 2,434
Education (school tours/groups) US and Uruguay Visitors 196,823 171,011 198,450

Some ecosystem services provided by our timberlands do not lend themselves to annual reporting due to a lack of quantitative measures, insufficient reporting units, or the service having been recently discontinued. These services are important reflections of the value provided by our timberlands and could lend themselves to fuller description in the future, if not annual tracking.


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