Schweighofer Group enhances protection of primary and old growth forests in Romania

Holzindustrie Schweighofer takes steps to protect primary and old growth forests in Romania. According to the announcement, the Schweighofer Group will commission the environmental evaluation to renowned experts that are recommended by the Romanian NGO Agent Green.

Frank Aigner, Managing Director of the Schweighofer Group, commented:

“We are willing to take on this responsibility that goes beyond the immediate competence of a wood processing company and a striving to set further measures in this regards. As a first step, we are offering up our forest plots in Campusel to be placed under environmental protection according to all legal provisions and to develop a ’non-intervention zone’ in this area.

With Agent Green we have found a combative and competent sparring partner with which we have had numerous discussions about biodiversity conservation in the Romanian forests, providing for opportunities to learn from one another.”

The Schweighofer Group owns 14,666 hectares of forest in the areas around Hunedoara, Gorj, Valcea, Prahova, Buzau, Vrancea, Neamt and Suceava. Within the next months, environmental experts will evaluate these areas and will identify the most precious forest habitats for nature conservation. Holzindustrie Schweighofer will publish the results and present the corresponding measures.

Earlier Holzindustrie Schweighofer entered into a roadmap process towards ending the disassociation with Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

About Holzindustrie Schweighofer:

The company is a part of the Schweighofer Group. The group is active in the areas of wood industry,viscose pulp production, bio-energy production, forestry and real estate. Headquatered in Austria, Holzindustrie Schweighofer started operating the first sawmill in Romania in 2003 and since that time became a leading company in the European wood processing industry. It employs around 3,100 employees at six locations in Austria and Romania.

Source: Woodbizforum