Although RMS manages our clients’ forests primarily for timber production, we believe that successful forest management must include the conservation of soil, air and water quality, biological diversity, wildlife and aquatic habitat, recreation, and aesthetics. Our land stewardship ethic is evident in every phase of our timberland investment process.
Forest management decisions are based on long-term resource analysis that includes: an ongoing forest inventory, soils information, growth and yield models, and growth response to changes in productivity, harvest scheduling models, a geographic information system, and knowledge of non-timber forest resources. We do this so we can ensure long-term sustainable harvest levels for lands we manage. ”
RMS understands that as managers of large forestland holdings we must be good stewards of the resource in order to retain our social license to manage those forestlands and to achieve our financial objectives.
We are committed to leading environmentally sound and sustainable forestry practices on all forestlands we manage. As a company founded, owned, and managed by professional foresters, RMS has long been guided by a forest stewardship ethic. Exercising good stewardship through responsible management meets the needs of our clients, customers, employees, society, and future generations.
Sustainably managed forests have long provided important benefits to society and RMS is committed to management practices that produce sustainable environmental, social, and economic benefits from our forests. Our view is that these benefits are co-dependent: failure to produce any one jeopardizes the production of them all. While many are newcomers to this belief, it has existed at RMS since our founding. Below is a stewardship ethic that our founder, John Bradley, included in company management plans in the late 1950s. We believe it still resonates today.
“If the seasons of husbandry be not interfered with, the grain will be more than can be eaten. If close nets are not allowed to enter the pools and ponds, the fishes and turtles will be more than can be consumed. If the axes and bills enter the hills and forests only at the proper time, the wood will be more than can be used. When the grain and fish and turtles are more than can be eaten, and there is more wood than can be used, this enables the people to nourish their living and mourn for their dead, without any feeling against any. This condition, in which the people nourish their living and bury their dead without any feeling against any, is the first step of royal government.”--- Mencius 378-289 B.C