Sabah Forest Industries Sdn. Bhd. manages nearly 300,000 hectares of
forests, which includes a large tract of industrial
plantation. A team of international plant geneticists,
entomologists, plant pathologists and soil scientists is
in a constant quest to improve yields through
development of better breeds and research into
silviculture and tree nutrition.
Reduced impact logging techniques used in the
sustainable management of natural forests protect the
soil and saplings, thus ensuring natural regeneration.
Biodiversity-rich areas are demarcated as protected
forests and left untouched. Critical water catchment
areas are set aside for clean freshwater supply.
Nothing is wasted. Trimmings and waste are used for
pulping. Fine saw dust, barks and wood fragments are
used to produce steam for generating power. The company
has achieved a recovery rate of 96% for each cubic metre
of log delivered to the mills. This translates into near
zero wastage of resources.
Micromanagement of the entire process ensures
continuous production of wood-based products, with
concomitant social and ecological benefits.