Implementing Controlled Wood v.3-1

We were pleased in October, when the FSC 2017 General Assembly reached a sensible decision to avoid further trouble and  “Do No Harm” on the contentious and complex topic of Controlled Wood.    This decision, however, did nothing to solve the real problems that this program continues to struggle with to this date.

The practical problems of the Controlled Wood program have been piling up recently, as we approach the implementation deadline for FSC-STD-40-005 v.3-1.  This deadline, like so many things in the FSC world, was recently “adjusted” to provide a bit more flexibility.  Click here if you are interested in the details.  They are interesting, but not central to today’s topic.

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Grassroots in Maine

This brief post is to share some good news, and to offer well-deserved congratulations to some of our hard working colleagues who do the real work that makes forest sustainability programs possible.

Last month, at the Annual Conference of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) program, the Maine SFI Implementation Committee (SIC) was recognized with an Achievement Award for their exceptional outreach and education programs. Continue reading “Grassroots in Maine” »

FSC GA 2017 Day 4: Observations & Comments

MixedWood continues to follow and participate in a number of engaged discussions on several topics at the FSC 2017 General Assembly (GA) in Vancouver this week.  We continue to be impressed with the quality of cross-chamber, collaborative policy and decision making.  Lots of enthusiastic and talented people are doing a great deal of speaking and listening.  A lot of learning is going on along with slow progress towards some challenging policy conclusions.

This post will offer some short observations and comments on a few topics that we find particularly interesting & important.

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FSC Controlled Wood: Time To Do No Harm

Among the “hot topics” under discussion this week at the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) 2017 General Assembly is Controlled Wood.  This subject has been controversial from the moment the idea was introduced over 10 years ago.  Readers of the MixedWood blog know that it has been a regular and productive topic for us as well.  For anyone who needs a review, please click here for our summary from last November.

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FSC GA 2017 Day 1: Governance & Strategy

Screen Shot 2017-10-08 at 12.59.37 PMAs we mentioned in our last post (just this morning), MixedWood is attending and participating in the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) 2017 General Assembly, underway this week in the beautiful city of Vancouver, British Columbia.  Today was the opening session of the 6-day meeting, and we were impressed to see a crowd already gathered when registration opened this morning.  Over 750 people are registered and more expected to join us later in the week.  The participants are a remarkably diverse and engaged group of people.  We are expecting an interesting and active week.

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More Risky Business for Controlled Wood

Screen Shot 2017-04-01 at 8.07.53 PMToday’s subject – once again – is the FSC Controlled Wood system. A major transition is underway in the community of FSC-certified companies. The long-awaited transition from FSC-STD-40-005 version 2-1 (in place and largely unchanged since 2007) to version 3-1 is fully underway everywhere. Certification Bodies (CB’s) are actively updating their protocols and training their auditors. Certified companies are coming to grips with the decision to either adapt and accept the new standard or drop out of the program. We don’t have a good estimate for the latter group, but anecdotal evidence suggests it may approach 50%.

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FSC Chain of Custody – Version 3-0

Screen Shot 2014-12-16 at 11.49.23 AMThe Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) published a long-awaited update to the important Chain of Custody standard earlier this winter. If you are a regular reader of this blog, and you have not yet looked at version 3-0 of the FSC Chain of Custody standard, we recommend that you do. Follow this link to the publication announcement that was posted on 1 February. You can download the final document here, as well as an interesting “crosswalk” document which compares versions 2-1 and 3-0.

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