It’s the most recent development in a long line of moves that have made it more difficult for conservation groups to defend their forests.
Last week Amazon’s Forest Stewardship Council (FSOC) announced it was removing several restrictions from Amazon forests it was buying from the U.S. Forest Service, including a requirement that Amazon buy and maintain the same type of trees it was originally purchasing, and that its forest will be protected from human impacts.
Amazon’s move came after a review by the Forest Service and a new set of Forest Steward Principles that the agency adopted earlier this year.
Those principles have been widely criticized for being overly broad, and for limiting what conservation groups can do to protect their forests from the threats of urban development.
The Forest Service has not said how it will implement the new principles, and Amazon did not respond to a request for comment.
The FSOC also said Amazon would no longer buy any of its forest products, and would instead use its own inventory of trees, to keep Amazon’s forest inventory in good shape.
But the company also said it would not remove or reduce any existing restrictions, such as limiting the number of trees in the forest or requiring that Amazon preserve the forest in its own natural state.
Amazon did move to ban certain activities that would negatively impact forest ecosystems, such at clearing trees to build roads and dams, and limiting how often the company can harvest timber from forests.
Amazon has said the forest products it is buying will have to be “natural,” meaning that the products will be harvested in their natural state and in accordance with local practices.
And Amazon said it will require companies that purchase its products to do the same, meaning that it will no longer allow companies to use the products as a tool for commercial logging, and will also require companies to conduct a forest inventory audit every three years.
The company has also started a forest inspection program for all its products, but that program will not be limited to Amazon’s own forest products.
As of last week, Amazon was the first forest company to announce that it would no more buy from Amazon.com, and it also had already started a process to sell its products on Amazon’s marketplace.
Amazon said that its decision to phase out buying from Amazon is part of a broader effort to limit forest loss and that the company will continue to monitor the environmental impacts of its Amazon forests.
“While we have always maintained that we are committed to protecting our forests, we have been concerned about the impact on our ecosystems and the impact of timber sales,” the company said in a statement.
Amazon declined to comment further.
Amazon had previously pledged to buy all its forest timber in its native state, and to sell the product only on Amazon.
“The Forest Stewarding Principles will allow Amazon to continue to use its native forests for its products without impacting forest ecosystems or impacting the ability of our customers to do business with Amazon,” Amazon said.
“Amazon will continue using its forests to support its business while ensuring that its customers continue to benefit from its products.”
This article has been updated to include Amazon’s statement.