STANDARD REFORESTATION WITH NATIVE SPECIES IS AN IMPORTANT ELEMENT OF MAINTAINING ECOSYSTEM PRODUCTIVITY IN THE CSA STANDARD.
CONSERVING HABITAT FOR NATIVE SPECIES SUCH AS GRIZZLY BEARS ENSURES THE MAINTENANCE OF SPECIES DIVERSITY.
A FELLER-BUNCHER HARVESTING IN A CERTIFIED FOREST IN NORTHERN BRITISH COLUMBIA.
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PEFC Canada continues to keep authorities, companies, and communities, committed, involved, and benefiting from sustainable forest management. Photos: www.naturallywood.com “Of Canada’s nearly 400 million hectares of forest and other wooded lands, representing 10% of the world’s forest cover, just under 148 million hectares are certified as being sustainably managed by one or more globally recognized certification systems” according to the 2013 Natural Resources Canada annual report. PEFC CANADA The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC International) is an International non-profit, non-governmental organisation which promotes Sustainable Forest Management through independent third-party certification. By assessing and endorsing national forest certification systems, and requiring independent third-party certification, PEFC provides an assurance that wood and paper products are sourced from sustainably managed forests. Canada has been a member of PEFC International since 2001 and Director of PEFC Canada Paul Wooding is proud to say that “Canada is the largest contributor to globally certified forests”. In their 2013 annual report Natural Resources Canada, a department of the Canadian Government, proclaimed that “third-party certification provides assurance that a forest company is operating legally, sustainably, and in compliance with world-recognized standards for sustainable forest management.”
STANDARDS PEFC International is the world’s largest forest certification organisation and has endorsed the three globally recognised sustainable forest certification standards used in Canada. Director Paul Wooding explains that “PEFC Canada represents organisations that have certified their forestry operations to the PEFC-endorsed Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Sustainable Forest Management standards, as well as organisations further down the supply chain using the PEFC International Chain of Custody Standard looking to prove that they’re sourcing materials from sustainably managed forest. CSA has been around since 1919 and has developed and maintains about 3,000 standards, including two forestry standards; one for large forest areas first published in 1996 and second more recent standard for woodlots and other small forest areas. The PEFC International Chain of Custody Standard was developed as a system for tracking wood from sustainably managed forests all the way to customers.” The PEFC International Chain of Custody Standard assures consumers that wood from certified locations comes from sustainably managed forests. For wood originating from uncertified forests, the PEFC standards due diligence system can assure consumers that wood from unknown, illegal and controversial sources is excluded from the supply.