The American Forest Resource Council (AFRC) proudly welcomes F.H. Stoltze Land & Lumber Co. as its newest member. This fully integrated forest products company operates a sawmill near Columbia Falls, MT and sustainably manages a 39,000+/- acre tree farm. According to Stoltze, the company also sources up to 60 percent of its timber from U.S. Forest Service lands.
“AFRC is honored to have Stoltze join our growing association,” said AFRC President Travis Joseph. “Stoltze is a highly respected company in our industry and has a strong voice in Helena and Washington D.C. on forest management, lumber and business issues. As our newest member, AFRC will work closely with the Stoltze team to grow Montana’s woodbasket, support our rural communities, produce more quality climate-friendly wood products, and accelerate active management to improve the health and resiliency of public forests throughout the west.”
“Stoltze is excited to strengthen our efforts working with AFRC to advance our common goals of improving management of our public lands.” Stoltze General Manager Paul McKenzie said, “We have great respect for the staff and leadership of AFRC and appreciate acceptance of our membership.”
Stoltze was first established in Montana in 1912 and its current sawmill has been in operation since 1923. Over this time the company has acquired and expanded its timberlands, invested in improvements to their manufacturing facilities, and expanded into renewable energy generation. The mill produces dry planed lumber and residuals to serve a global market as well as Montana’s forest products supply chain.
AFRC advocates for sustained yield timber harvests on public timberlands to support rural communities and enhance forest health and resiliency. The association works to improve federal and state laws, regulations, policies and decisions regarding access to and management of public forest lands and protection of all forest lands.