Timberland property management


100% of our managed timberlands are certified sustainable by independent third-party forest certification standards1

We strive to practice a land stewardship ethic that integrates the growing, managing, and harvesting of trees with environmental conservation. Our practices protect soil, air, water quality, biological diversity, wildlife habitat, aquatic habitat, recreation, and aesthetics. Sustainable forestry practices allow us to actively manage and protect our clients’ timberlands in a way that maintains and enhances economic, community, and natural resource values.

Important disclosures

1 Data is as of December 31, 2022. 100% of our forests were certified under either the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) (3.2 million acres in the United States and Canada) or the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) (2.2 million acres in Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, and Chile). Most current data shown.

Property management objectives

Manulife Investment Management has a long history of providing high-quality forest management. We believe environmental stewardship is at the core of our business and we strive to manage our forests sustainably. Our operations across the globe provide an extensive range of on-the-ground timberland management services through our forestry personnel. Management activities are customized to fit the characteristics of each individual property. Our foresters have in-depth knowledge of local timber markets and are experts in all aspects of sustainable forest management.

High-quality forest management

Across the 5.5 million acres of global timberland we manage, our employees apply site-specific silviculture and optimal timber practices to optimize land use. They're responsible for the planning and implementation of forest management activities on the majority of our domestic and New Zealand properties. Qualified third-party management companies or investor-owned property managers are used for property management activities in Chile and New Zealand.

A dedication to stewardship

Our timberlands are managed on a long-term sustainable basis while actively engaging in conservation transactions to protect sensitive lands. As part of these efforts, we manage all lands to meet sustainability standards set forth by credible standard-setting organizations. 

Create additional value

A natural climate solution, the timberlands we manage provide valuable ecosystem services such as carbon sequestration and recreational opportunities.

Use best-in-class technology advances

We use the latest resource-planning solutions to determine optimal harvest levels and measure forest carbon sequestration with increasing accuracy. 

All data points are as of March 31, 2023, unless otherwise noted.

Click here to read our recent annual sustainability and responsible investing report that includes our performance against metrics aligned with each of our five key sustainability and responsible investing priorities as well as other external standards, such as the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and third-party certification system objectives. 

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