Misinformation on Certification

Ron Wenrich woodtick at kaley.net
Wed Mar 29 05:52:36 EST 2000

Pennsylvania is certified under FSC.   I believe its only part of the
State's forestland that is affected.  1.2 million acres of the State's 2
million acres is certified, and this is primarily in the cherry belt.


Karl Davies <karl at daviesand.com> wrote in message
news:38E15B4F.26E8273E at daviesand.com...
> Here's a bit of well-meaning misinformation on certification from Grist
> Magazine.  The problem lies in the assumption that the "certification"
> programs for the different states are the same.  THEY'RE NOT.
> Massachusetts state forests are "certified" under the American Forest &
> Paper Association's Sustainable Forest Initiative program, which is not
> a real certification program, but essentially an industry green-wash
> program.  New York state forests are certified under the Forest
> Stewardship Council's SmartWood program, a real third-party
> certification program.  I'm not sure about the other states.  I think
> Minnesota is under SmartWood and Pennsylvania is under SFI.
> Joe Zorzin has a whole web page on this subject.  Perhaps he'll put the
> url for that page into a follow-up message.
> 3.
> Consumer demand in Washington state for eco-friendly lumber is
> surpassing supply, even as a growing number of wood products firms turn
> to harvesting and selling timber from sustainably managed forests.  The
> state Department of Natural Resources just announced that it would like
> to have as much as 1.1 million acres of state forestland certified as
> sustainably managed under the guidelines of the Forest Stewardship
> Council, an international certification group.  Home Depot has
> approached the DNR seeking certified wood; last year, the corporation
> announced that by 2002 it will sell only lumber that has been certified
> as eco-friendly.  Millions of acres of state, county, and municipal
> lands in Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin
> have already been certified as green.
> --
> Karl Davies, Practicing Forester
> http://www.daviesand.com

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