Westervelt’s diverse business lines have a common goal: stewardship of natural resources for today, tomorrow, and future generations. Our commitment to sustainability is a means to that end.
Westervelt uses environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria across our divisions to guide the company’s operations and monitor our performance. We are committed to:
- Best Management Practices (BMPs) for water quality
- Prompt reforestation
- Monitoring forest health and productivity
- Identifying and protecting unique ecosystems
- Ensuring forest biodiversity
- Considering aesthetics and recreation
- Enhancing wildlife habitat
- Protecting species listed under the Endangered Species Act
Our science-based practices align with current national, and local standards and are a key factor in our successful partnerships with the private sector, regulators, and government agencies.
Westervelt meets and often exceeds environmental, legal, and regulatory requirements and actively seeks new practices that embody our sustainability mission. Our timber products are certified to Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI®), Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certifications (PEFC®), and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) standards, which are designed to protect old growth forests, threatened and endangered species, and critical wildlife habitat. In addition, we are developing alternative revenue streams through the restoration and conservation of sensitive ecosystems.
SUSTAINABILITY IN ACTION
The Westervelt Company continues to implement and expand sustainable practices, beginning with our in-house nursery operation. We breed and plant seedlings with optimum growth characteristics in order to raise the highest-quality trees. At our processing facilities, we utilize technologically advanced equipment and processes to reduce waste and ensure the best possible use of resources.
Westervelt Ecological Services (WES) has developed alternative revenue streams through the restoration and conservation of sensitive ecosystems. WES is a leader in mitigation banking, which helps clients offset the impacts of development. WES recently worked with California’s State and Federal Contractors Water Association, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and other resource agency partners to restore 420 acres of self-sustaining tidal habitat in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and mitigate more than 150 miles of impact along California’s new high-speed rail corridor.
Westervelt Forest Resources has attracted sizable investments from the U.S. and abroad to support sustainable stewardship of critical areas, including Okefenokee, Florida. Our Lumber Division continues to innovate, finding new markets for wood manufacturing by-products as far away as the United Kingdom.
Together with countless national and global leaders, the Westervelt Company regards forests as an essential contributor to clean air, clean water and healthy ecosystems. Our active stewardship increases the resiliency of the forest, helps protect resident wildlife and reduces risks and stressors on the forest such as disease, insect infestation, and catastrophic wildfire.
The Westervelt Company, one of the most enduring, respected and trusted names in the forest sector, is a vertically integrated company with a holistic view of land stewardship. Since 1884, we have depended on responsible land use to provide the numerous resources that sustain our company. Still privately held, Westervelt’s diverse businesses all work to ensure stewardship of natural resources today, tomorrow and for many generations to come. The Westervelt Company is committed to the sustainable management of our more than half a million acres.
The Westervelt Company is 100 percent committed to fair, honest and ethical business practices. Compliance to these standards is a key component in both our Mission & Values statement and our Environmental Policy.
We partner with organizations to promote sustainable forest management and increase awareness and education through our industry including: