Forest Management Principles
The forested region from which DMI obtains its timber resources is both diverse ecologically and vast geographically. The company recognizes that forest resources have been significant to the quality of life for residents in the region because of the environmental, social, spiritual and economic services that those resources provide. This is well reflected in the history of Northwest Alberta peoples and in its relatively young period of settlement or development.
DMI recognizes and respects the growing social temperament within international, national, and provincial circles of public opinion that has placed increased emphasis on the full range of values associated with forests including forest biodiversity, watershed, sensitive and rare ecosystems, services associated with natural systems, as well as the needs of local communities and peoples. This temperament is also extended to the global forest products marketplace that has been influenced by public values and opinions concerning Canadian boreal forests.
Consequently a wider appreciation for multiple values is also reflected in the forestry profession which recognizes that forest management is both multi-dimensional and complex. It therefore requires multi-disciplinary approaches utilizing a collection of inputs or perspectives from communities and customer markets as well as integrating the expertise of a variety of natural resource and business professions.
DMI has become a long term corporate member of the Northwest Alberta community. The company recognizes and respects that its supply of natural resources primarily depends on its social licence to operate publicly owned forest lands. Company staff are professional, innovative and committed to manage those forests sustainably, pro-actively, safely and in an ethical manner that respects the variety of values or services associated with that resource. From a business perspective, DMI believes that healthy forest ecosystem function plays a fundamental role in the very ecological productivity that forest managers depend on for sustained timber supplies. Consequently, DMI considers the resilience and persistence of non-timber values such as biodiversity and watershed conservation to be inseparably connected to the business of forest management.
The company practices “sustainable forest management” under an ecological-based approach employing continual improvement and innovation that is guided by science and third-party audits of its activities. DMI’s approach to forest management employs a combination of coarse-filter strategies, fine-filter practices, consultation, integration of activities, and collaboration in ongoing research. Since inception in 1999, its ecological-based forest management practices have attempted to reflect the spirit of the six key forest stewardship principles set out by the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers (CCFM):
- six key forest stewardship principles
- Conservation of biological diversity
- Maintaining healthy forest ecosystem condition and productivity
- Conservation of soil and water resources
- Continued forest ecosystem contributions to global ecological cycles
- Providing multiple benefits to society
- Involving Aboriginal communities and the public in sustainable development