As a privately owned logging company we work with private, state and federal foresters to manage our company woodlands and the lands of our timber management customers in accordance with the guidelines of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and of the American Tree Farm System. We work with landowners along the full spectrum of ownership, from people holding small, individual lots to owners of larger tracts looking for professional management or for support for their own land managers.
We have extensive experience in marking timber, harvest management, maintenance and construction of roads and woods bridges, all with full compliance with water quality standards. We have many years of experience managing harvests on Vermont State Forest lands and National Forest lands. We exceed all guidelines for acceptable management practices (AMP's) and have a solid reputation of responsible forest management while meeting the needs of the landowner. We provide assistance to private landowners in meeting the requirements of the Vermont Use Value Appraisal Program.
Our logging team is one of the strongest supporters of the LEAP program (Logger Education to Advance Professionalism) in Vermont. Jason and Justin Lathrop have led our team in helping arrange for logger training classes for everyone of our employees and provide continuing education at no cost to the employee. While Vermont loggers have a long tradition of independence, as a group they are increasingly recognizing the need for a set of standards to help inform the public that the timber resource continues to be well cared for.
We believe that a trained logger workforce is an important part of marketing the Vermont forest products industry to consumers in the United States and around the world. While the current market benefit for certification is small, over time consumers will continue to ask for more information about the sustainability of the products they buy. This educational process will over time lead to consumers being more willing to pay some premium for products certified by SFI and other certification systems, helping companies pay for the additional expense of certification processes. SFI is a good fit for the sustainability of our forests and for bringing that sustainable resource to market. SFI works closely with Conservation International to continually improve the standards of the SFI program. Over time, the various programs will become more similar and some may eventually merge, bringing more efficiency to the certification process and reducing the political maneuvering often seen today.
What we offer to our suppliers:
We strive to create consistent partnerships with land owners and their foresters to manage their wood lots despite current "fads". Harvest & Hauling done by professionals with over 64 year combined experience.
Documentation of your log harvest provided at no cost to the landowner. We have trucks available to help move your logs promptly to keep your costs down and protect the value of your timber. We make it our mission to develop long lasting relationships. Jason and Justin were taught to be honest, hardworking, and dedicated to the forests of Vermont. Lathrop Forest Products carries on this proud tradition since 1878.