Engaging Our Many Stakeholders
We respect and collaborate with Green Diamond’s stakeholders to lead our business and industry forward.
We have built a strong reputation for excellence in forest stewardship over the years. The company is known as a business that pays attention to and respects our employees, plus the communities where we live and work. This reputation is our most valued asset, and we maintain it by conducting business with integrity, honesty and fairness.
We recognize that there is strong public interest in our business. After all, the forests that we manage are among the Earth’s most precious resources. As we operate in each region, we do so with respect to the interests and values that our company and communities share. For example, we work closely with state and federal regulators, environmental interest organizations, tribal leaders and business owners to inform our operations and decision-making across the U.S. South and West. We also engage with fellow landowners, scientists, policymakers and nongovernmental organizations to inform and advance public policy and industry best practices.
Public Affairs and Advocacy
Our Public Affairs team works to engage Green Diamond’s stakeholders around issues that are mutually important to our business. This includes communicating our work to members of the public and our operating communities, as well as working to advance and inform public policy. In all our activities, we emphasize compliance with all local, state and federal laws and regulations.
State and industry organizations of which Green Diamond is a member include:
- American Forest Foundation
- California Forest Carbon Coalition
- California Forestry Association
- California Women in Timber
- Conservation Without Conflict Coalition
- Forest Landowners Association
- Forestry Association of South Carolina
- Georgia Forestry Association
- Mississippi Forestry Association
- Montana Wood Products Association
- National Alliance of Forest Owners
- National Council for Air and Stream Improvement
- North American Forest Partnership
- Washington Forest Protection Association
Working with Our Tribal Neighbors
Many of Green Diamond’s tribal neighbors have a historic attachment to our land base. We respect that history and engage with them from that perspective. In many cases, we enjoy working together to protect and share the forest’s natural resources. As we manage our timberlands, we take care to avoid disturbing areas of cultural importance and uphold tribal rights.
We have forged valuable tribal partnerships, such as the longstanding relationship with the Yurok Tribe—the largest tribe in California. We regularly collaborate, through sharing knowledge and resources to help protect the landscape through wildfire mitigation efforts. In 2019, we were proud to complete a multi-year land sale that enabled the Tribe to re-acquire approximately 50,000 acres of forest. The land surrounds four salmon-sustaining streams, including the Blue Creek watershed—one of the most pristine areas of the Klamath River. The Tribe purchased the land using funds generated by selling carbon credits from two Improved Forest Management projects through California’s Cap and Trade program. It’s a strong example of how, by working together, we can support positive outcomes for our business, our tribal neighbors and the environment.