The UCFF brings together forestry cooperatives and management groups spread throughout the national territory. This Federation acts for the development of these organizations in order to better defend the economic interests of the forest owners, who are their members and founders. The UCFF assumes a role of facilitator of this network, carrier of shared projects, and political representation at the level of national and European institutions.
Since their creation, the Union of French Forest Cooperation and the Forest Cooperation Group have continued to develop.
The evolution of the volumes, the increase of the managed surfaces and the number of members, the increase of its market share as well as the evolution of the part of PEFC wood sold, are the concrete signs of this development.
Despite an exceptional crisis situation and the effects of the Klaus storm in 2008-2009, forestry cooperation managed these difficulties and once again demonstrated the potential of its network.
Since the wood market rebounded in 2010, forestry cooperatives have affirmed their presence as key economic actors in the forest and wood sector. Forestry cooperation has been ready to continue developing to meet the future challenges of the forest-wood sector.
A forestry cooperative brings together forestry forest owners with the aim of pooling their resources. The purpose of the pooled goods and techniques is to optimize and improve forest management in order to maximize the value of the forests of the members of the cooperative.
The activities of forestry cooperatives:
- Services: forest management / simple management plans / forest works management / reforestation / estimates / appraisals / appraisals
- Collection and sale: amalgamation of supply / amicable sales / group sales / slaughter / longshoring / transport / sale by supply contracts
- Supply: forest seedlings and seeds / game protection / products / plant health / small forest equipment / miscellaneous equipment
Forest cooperatives have a strong local presence. Each forest cooperative operates in a defined area, closest to its members and their forests.
The proximity of the field and the implication in the local economy are strong specificities of the forestry cooperatives.
To be a member of a cooperative:
Approved by the Ministry of Agriculture, the cooperative is under the supervision of the State which ensures the transparency of its activities.
As a partnership of people and not of capital, it organizes all its actions and the development of its services, in the permanent interest of its members.
At the same time members by the subscribed capital, customers and suppliers, the silviculturists members participate closely in the life of their cooperative.
The members of the cooperative benefit from:
- access to all services of the cooperative
- an interlocutor close to home to answer their questions on technical, legal and tax issues
- one vote in a General Meeting, regardless of the number of shares owned
- priority of treatment by the cooperative in case of crisis
- easier access to PEFC certification (for cooperatives members of the GCF)
- easier access to a sustainable management document (PSG or RTG), sometimes requested to obtain public funding, or to benefit from tax exemptions
Membership and Sharing
are the two essential values of the cooperative spirit. Forestry cooperation has chosen to carry these values through its strategic project.
The forest producers grouped within the cooperatives have chosen a status: that of cooperation. This choice is not trivial. It is entirely turned towards the private forester who is at the same time member , supplier and client of the cooperative. It is at the heart of the strategy and is a priority for forestry cooperatives.
The strengths of forestry cooperation lie in its networking among cooperatives. This network of skills is based on the pooling of know-how, experiences and a part of their investments, allowing a national response capacity.
Producers grouped into a network of mutualist companies
The cooperatives have concretized these values in the form of commitments formulated in the Forest Cooperation Charter.
Forest Cooperation in Figures
- 19 forestry cooperatives and management groups
- 120,000 member forest producers
- 2 million hectares of managed forest
- 1,000 direct employees , 5,000 indirect jobs
- 430 million euros of turnover
- 7 million cubic meters of wood mobilized per year
- 3,000 companies employed on outsourcing
- 20,000 hectares reforested each year
Definition of the Concept of Wood Energy:
The term 'biomass' refers generally to all living matter. This concept applies more specifically to all plant and animal organic products used for energy purposes, including:
- the biodegradable fraction of products from agriculture, forestry and related industries;
- the biodegradable fraction of industrial and municipal waste.
Within this biomass, the resource named 'wood energy' corresponds to:
- wood logs
- forest maple
- Related Products of Wood Industries (PCIB): chips, sawdust, bark, sawmill chips;
- Wood Products in End of Life (PBFV), wood waste, recycled pallet etc.
The resource that enables the production of forest platelets corresponds to stands or products that are currently ungraded or poorly valued through the traditional uses of the wood industry.
Develop Wood-Energy, It's
- Promote all products in the forest-wood sector, in particular slash and wood with no commercial value.
- Boosting forestry as part of sustainable forest management
- Develop a local economy and create jobs especially in rural areas
- Fight against the greenhouse effect and global warming
- Build on a long-term solution for heating, producing electricity and biofuel