The challenge of forestry is to create systems that have an acceptable social impact whilst sustaining the natural resources that are affected by commercial plantations. Asia Plantation Capital is at the forefront of this industry and intends to continue to pioneer new concepts in sustainable forestry such as developing our own natural fertiliser and inter-planting with species that naturally support the forest ecosystem. Modern forestry generally concerns itself with assisting forests to provide timber as raw material for wood products, wildlife habitat, natural water quality management, recreation, landscape and community protection, employment, aesthetically appealing landscapes, biodiversity management, watershed management, erosion control, and a ‘sink’ for atmospheric carbon dioxide. Forest ecosystems have come to be seen as the most important component of the biosphere and forestry has emerged as a vital field of science, applied art, and technology.
Traditional forest management plans focus on providing logs used for timber, veneer, plywood, paper, wood fuel or other industries. Hence, considerations of product quality and quantity, employment and profit have been of central, though not always exclusive importance. Foresters frequently develop post-harvest site plans for reforestation, weed control, fertilisation or thinning. The objectives of landowners and leaseholder influence plans for harvest and subsequent site treatment.
In Sri Lanka, plans featuring ‘good forestry practice’ must always consider the needs of other stakeholders such as nearby communities or rural residents living within or adjacent to forested areas. We consider tree felling and environmental legislation when developing our strategies.