AdvantageLumber.com is a company that thrives on sustainable forestry management. Our company has always prided itself on offering high-quality, sustainably harvested material that will meet the demands of every single one of our eco-conscious customers. We’ve been in business for over 20 years and we plan to stick around for decades to come. In order to ensure our company’s future, we need to ensure our forests’ future as well.
To abide by both Brazilian and U.S. laws, we have to operate within strict guidelines. These include but are not limited to the following:
- Make sure every product is certified by IBAMA (Brazil’s department of agriculture), SEMA (Brazil’s environmental agency), and RECEITA (Brazil’s export department). These agencies provide three levels of certification independent from each other to ensure that each shipment has been legally and sustainably harvested.
- Procure GF3 paperwork (certificate of origin) for each load. This practice is often overlooked by other suppliers. The GF3 certificate is a requirement for compliance with the federal Lacey Act.
- Work closely with Brazilian forest engineers who restrict harvesting to approximately three trees per area the size of a soccer field. Forest engineers select wolf trees to be felled. Wolf trees are trees that no longer produce seeds and have a large canopy, retarding the growth of other trees around it. The removal of these trees allows smaller trees to grow.
- Ensure that remote communities in South America who depend on the forest continue to thrive. Most of the mills help build hospitals and schools, and provide meal programs. The future of these communities is tied directly to the survival of the mills.
We are committed to bringing you, our customer, the best possible product to meet your highest standards. Our devotion to the rainforest is a part of that. We are dedicated to promoting its value, harvesting its resources responsibly, and leaving it better than how we found it. After all, the survival of our company and the communities we support depends on a healthy and thriving forest.