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article imageGreenpeace says FSC should monitor 'controlled wood' better

By Dawn Denmar     Aug 30, 2013 in Environment
Greenpeace issued a negative report on the activities of Resolute Forest Products' Thunder Bay mill operations on 29 August 2013. The charity stated that the "controlled wood" that's produced by Canada's largest logging company is "high risk."
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is dedicated to the promotion of "responsible forest management," and "controlled wood" is a material that may be mixed with FSC certified woods during the manufacturing process. "Controlled wood" has to meet certain standards before it can be used with FSC- certified woods and Greenpeace allege that the wood produced by Resolute Forest Products' Thunder Bay mill does not meet these standards.
Specifically, the wood that's sourced by Resolute Forest Products covers a vast area, totaling 120 million hectares, and known to be the habitat for several "at risk" species and home to aboriginal communities. Greenpeace mapping of several areas within these forests has shown them to be endangered forests in need of "immediate conservation."
Greenpeace believe the FSC should not have given "controlled wood" status to areas as large as this, particularly as some of the forestry areas are home to threatened species such as woodland caribou. There is a proven link between the decline of caribou and logging, so the wood that Thunder Mill is producing from the caribou habitats has to be considered "controversial" and should not make its way into FSC-certified products.
Greenpeace states its belief that the FSC provides "the world's most credible forest certification system", however consumer confidence will be lower if "weak practices" continue to lower the standards of the "controlled wood" system.
The FSC is holding consultations to improve the controlled wood system and Greenpeace is urging members to give support to the proposals to strengthen the standards on controlled woods.
Emails in support of measures to strengthen standards on controlled woods can be sent to Joanna Nowakowska at j.nowakowska@fsc.org
Greenpeace has issued further worldwide case studies highlighting good and bad examples of certification.
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