Rayonier Sustainability Report: Protection of endangered species

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Of the thousands of plants and animals in Rayonier’s forests, some species are considered endangered, and we are actively working to protect them.

Our rangers and contractors are trained to know and recognize protected T&E species and their habitats. We rely on maps and database tools, as well as working knowledge of our land, to determine where specific conservation practices are needed. In addition to our own efforts, we also participate in broader industry and conservation initiatives, such as population studies and surveys.

In the US, we rely on state natural heritage programs, NatureServe, regular biodiversity assessments, and the routine fieldwork of our forest rangers to locate potential occurrences of T&E species. In New Zealand, occurrences of rare, threatened and endangered species (RTES) are recorded in our EMS database so that forest management plans can be adjusted accordingly. In addition, certain areas designated as Significant Ecological Areas (SEAs) or High Conservation Value Forests (HCVFs) require special procedures to ensure they are protected. Using these different tools, we have determined that approximately 50% of our forests have the potential to be habitat for T&E species.

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Importantly, our forest management practices help reduce the risk of negative impacts on the normal life cycle or habitat of T&E species. Such practices include mapping sites for species occurrence before implementing forest management activities, leaving buffers along riparian and natural habitat areas, or restricting harvesting activities during certain times of the year.

Some T&E species are nomadic, meaning they move from place to place and have no fixed boundaries to their habitat. The changes we are making to our forest management practices for these species include hand planting versus machine planting, and/or adjusting the timing of activity based on their movement cycle.

Read how three kākā were welcomed into the aviary of New Zealand’s Boundary Stream Mainland Island Reserve.

Discover how endangered birdlife returned to New Zealand’s Duck Creek Wetlands.

Learn how forest rangers are planning to protect gopher tortoises in the southeastern US

To learn more about Rayonier’s sustainability efforts, visit our responsible stewardship page.

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Rayonier (NYSE:RYN) is a leading timber real estate investment trust with assets in some of the most productive softwood lumber production regions in the United States and New Zealand. We own or lease under long-term agreements approximately 2.8 million hectares of forestland in the Southern US, the Pacific Northwest and New Zealand. We are more than trees because we recognize that our success in the timber industry for more than 90 years has come from our people, a strong culture and the courage to continually rise to the challenge ‘the way it’s always been done’. Get to know us at

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