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Resolute Forest Products Sues Rainforest Alliance Over FSC Audit

Resolute Forest Products Sues Rainforest Alliance Over FSC Audit | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it

Resolute Forest Products has filed a lawsuit against the Rainforest Alliance over what RFP views as a "biased" and unfairly critical environmental audit of two of its operations in northern Ontario.


Resolute Forest Products AbitibiBowater Agence France-Presse reported that the Rainforest Alliance's recent audit concluded that Resolute Forest Products should be stripped of its certification with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). The Rainforest Alliance is one of a handful of companies recognized by FSC to conduct third-party audits to ensure that companies qualify to receive or renew their FSC certification.


The report, which reportedly was to be released this month, has been sealed by virtue of a court-ordered injunction requested by Resolute Forest Council.


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IKEA subsidiary loses forestry accreditation over harvesting of wildlife habitats

IKEA subsidiary loses forestry accreditation over harvesting of wildlife habitats | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it

A subsidiary of IKEA that supplies timber to the furniture maker has been stripped of its Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) accreditation following an audit.


Swedwood Karelia had its FSC certificate suspended after an audit in Russia found a number of problems, including harvesting of “key biotopes”, or important wildlife habitats; the lack of a proper environmental impact assessment; and lack of protective equipment for workers.


A report by the Rainforest Alliance, which carries out audits for the FSC, said: “During the field inspections, auditors found key biotopes had not been identified before harvest and harvested. Harvests of key biotopes were found also at the harvest areas of previous years. That confirmed non conformance to the standard was systematic and lasting over several years.”


The suspension affects 295,348 hectares in the Russian Karelia region.

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Domtar helps create new model for responsible forest management with group FSC certification

Domtar helps create new model for responsible forest management with group FSC certification | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it
Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) today announced the culmination of a precedent-setting two-year partnership process that saw 55 landowners in the Texarkana area achieve Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC®) group certification. With the Ashdown Mill's strong support, the Four States Timberland Owners Association (FSTOA) was successful in receiving FSC Forest Management Certification on 70,000 acres of forestland.
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"We have raised the bar for private land certification in the south, and we look forward to seeing the model built in Ashdown being replicated and expanded on throughout our mill system," added Lewis Fix, Domtar's Vice-President of Pulp Sales and until recently, the company's Vice-President of Sustainable Business and Brand Management. "This is a perfect example of how our longstanding collaboration with the Rainforest Alliance continues to help us deliver on our promise of socially and environmentally responsible paper manufacturing."
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Rolling Stones keyboardist gets ‘satisfaction’ opposing green building program

Rolling Stones keyboardist gets ‘satisfaction’ opposing green building program | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it

In a Mother Nature Network opinion editorial, Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell offered hearty praise for governors who have recently taken a stand for fairness in forest certification. Leavell, a Georgia resident, cited Peach State Gov. Nathan Deal’s recent executive order that future state building projects are required to “recognize all forest certifications equally” for inspiring the musician’s wonkish praise.

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The move spelled the end of Georgia’s adherence to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) in regards to green building standards. LEED only recognizes one form of certification, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and is promoting monopoly in an area that should be ripe for domestic competition.

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Governor Deal’s executive order has now opened the doors to lands certified by standards “like Sustainable Forestry Initiative and American Tree Farm System” and will result in better utilization of resources native to Georgia.

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FSC Recertification of Harvard's Argentine Timberlands Doesn't Satisfy Activists

FSC Recertification of Harvard's Argentine Timberlands Doesn't Satisfy Activists | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it

Two Harvard-owned timberland plantations in Argentina that have attracted allegations of environmental and communal degradation have been reaffirmed with Forest Stewardship Council certification, which requires that the properties adhere to a comprehensive set of international principles regarding environmental, economic, and social impact.


The independent third-party Rainforest Alliance accredited the plantations, EVASA and Las Misiones, located in northern Argentina, on behalf of FSC.


The news comes as the Responsible Investment at Harvard Coalition, which co-authored a report criticizing the University’s timberland management practices in the region, hosts two Argentinian organizers to raise awareness of the issue on campus. On Sunday, those organizers called into question the rigor of the FSC certification and lodged additional complaints against Harvard Management Company.

“We've known that the plantations have technically been certified,” Blake A. McGhghy ’17, a student leader of Responsible Investment, said. “This is not new news. But it also does not change our campaign.”


Members of the student activist organization said that the FSC certification, which is voluntarily sought by an organization, is not sufficient in determining whether basic human rights and environmental practices are upheld. The certification audit also raised several new points of non-compliance, which must be remedied by at least the next year or HMC will lose its certification.

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Beware of a Forestry Standard Monopoly

Beware of a Forestry Standard Monopoly | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it

Forest certification programs establish responsible management practices and standards.  If landowners meet the standards of the program, then the forests are certified by that program, which communicates to consumers and businesses that timber products purchased from this landowner were harvested responsibly.


In the case of forestry management, the definition of “what is responsible” can vary.  And, balancing these conflicting interests is complex to say the least.  Due to this complexity, multiple forestry certification programs have arisen.  The existence of multiple programs allows forest owners and consumers to choose between the alternative costs and benefits based on their own values and constraints.  This competitive process creates a more efficient balancing of the intended and unintended consequences than a monopolistic standard that imposes a standard before a better accounting of the full consequences can be ascertained.


Despite the benefits from competition, some environmental activists favor one program (the Forest Stewardship Council or FSC) and are encouraging that this program be granted monopolistic authority.  A new EconoSTATS paper, authored by Brooks Mendell and Amanda Hamsley Lang (available here), illustrates the dangers from this proposal.


Mendell and Lang found that FSC certification overly restricts the amount of output that can be produced from the same amount of acreage compared to the other major certification programs – the American Tree Farm System (ATFS) and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI).   The reduced acreage available for timber harvests leads to smaller harvests of U.S-produced timber compared with the other certification programs. The reduced output leads to income losses that result in lost employment and lost tax revenues.


Direct jobs lost include foresters, loggers, millworkers, and forestry consultants and contractors. Indirect jobs lost include jobs that support the forest industry, such as motor freight transportation, machinery repair, and wholesale trade.  Indirect job impacts also include “induced” jobs created by the spending of workers in the forest industry.


According to Mendell and Lang, these impacts could be quite large if an FSC monopoly were implemented. 

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Verifying Forest Sustainability

Verifying Forest Sustainability | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it

Increased talk about the use of woody biomass for energy in the U.S. has many people wondering how best to assure that the fuel and feedstock used by wood energy firms is harvested sustainably. The forest products industry—sawmills and pulp mills, in particular—has been down this road for more than 15 years and many have turned to the major forest certification systems available in the U.S., namely the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, the Forest Stewardship Council and the American Tree Farm System. These systems may or may not be the best way to demonstrate the sustainability of feedstock harvesting for the woody biomass energy sector. In the end, your customers’ needs and your company values should drive what you do about forest sustainability.

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