IPE ENVIRONMENTAL STATEMENT
April 27, 2001
To ensure that this beautiful and durable wood will be available for generations to come, Lewis Lumber Products has partnered with another environmentally conscientious company, DLH Nordisk. Based in Denmark, DLH owns and operates forestland and sawmills all over the world, including Brazil. Both companies adhere to the management practices of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Those practices are designed to ensure sustained yields and biodiversity, and are scrutinized and approved by the Sierra Club and other similar groups.
In addition to being FSC certified, DLH Nordisk adheres to the environmental permits required by the Brazilian government that promotes sustainable forestry (trees and forests for generations to come). Attached is a statement from DLH Nordisk about the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Resource Forest Code.
Please feel free to ask us about our involvement in SmartWood – FSC Chain of Custody forest management practices.
IPE: SUPPLY STATEMENT
April 27, 2001
IPE (Tabebuia Serratifolia) originates from Brazil. It is a common timber species in the Amazon region, which covers a wide range of climatic micro-zones. Like most of the Amazon timber trees, IPE can be found scattered in the forest, typically about one tree of commercial size (diameter above 50 cm) per hectare. It is a tree species, which regenerates easily and therefore smaller-dimensioned trees can be found to ensure a sustained yield. All extraction of IPE is regulated by Federal Law No. 4,771 (Forest Code) of 1965 and by IBAMA (Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Resources) regulation No. 48 of 1995.
To achieve an export permit, an IBAMA authorization is required. All supplies from DLH to USA fulfill these requirements.
DLH is actively involved with sustainable forest management in our own Pataua Forest project in Brazil, in a cooperation with research institutions in and outside Brazil. More than 200,000 trees have been planted in the project.
The DLH Group, in 1991, defined an environmental policy as one of the first international timber trade companies to do so. Also, in 1991, we established a Forestry & Environment Department to support in implementing DLH’s environmental policy. Our clients are always welcome to contact this department about our environmental policy or the origin of the wood supplied by the DLH Group.