No. 6 Irving Family
1,246,236 acres (up 236 acres)
Founded in 1882, privately held J.D. Irving Company owns some 3.2 million acres in Canada, where it is based in New Brunswick, and manages an additional 2.8 million acres. Seed production and yield are the focus of the Northern Maine division of Irving Woodlands, which includes 1.246 million acres; all are certified under the Forest Stewardship Council program. In addition, the US operations are regularly and independently audited according to ISO 14000 environmental standards and are certified under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative program. Last year, Irving Woodlands planted some 2.9 million trees. All told, the company has planted over 960 million trees. In addition to land, J.D. Irving Limited ranks as one of Canada’s largest privately owned enterprises and has wide-ranging operations, including hydropower, shipbuilding, consumer products, transportation, and logistics.
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