Biodiversity is the variability among living organisms from all sources, including terrestrial, marine, and other aquatic ecosystems and the ecological complexes of which they are part; this includes diversity within species, between species, and of ecosystems.
Forests are the most biologically diverse ecosystems on our planet and are home to more than 80% of the world’s biodiversity. Biodiversity is the cornerstone of the environment on which humans depend for life, and forest biodiversity provides health, recreation and environmental services to humans such as maintenance of air and water quality and carbon sequestration.
The potential for forests to contribute to biodiversity conservation can be maximised through appropriate forest management at all stages and scales, including site selection, choice of tree species, landscape configuration and harvesting strategies.
NewGen recognises the responsibility we have as a forest manager to protect and enhance biodiversity in the woodlands we manage.
NewGen undertakes to manage our forests in a manner that will enhance the multiple benefits that a forest can provide and not to solely focus on timber production.
In particular, NewGen recognises the enhanced biodiversity benefits of establishing more native woodlands and commits to implementing strategies to increase NW planting.