US-NRA: Focusing on Control Measures

The US affiliate of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC-US) recently released a discussion draft of a very important National Risk Assessment (US-NRA).  We consider this a very important document – the result of over 5 years of work – and likely to have a significant influence on certified wood markets throughout North America and indeed the world.

As is their practice, FSC-US has posted the US-NRA publicly and is inviting comment from all interested stakeholders.  This should include everyone who buys, sells, and trades wood and paper products in the US and Canada.  FSC needs to hear from us.  Please help spread the word.

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Some housekeeping

Our last post – published just yesterday – included several links to the FSC Document Center which readers may have found confusing.  We discovered, after posting, that the version of the Controlled Wood Interpretations Document available in the Document Center was not the most current version and (importantly) did not include the specific Interpretation that we were discussing and criticizing .

The post has since been corrected and updated (click here to read).

Thanks, as always, for your attention and feedback.  Please share and comment.

More FSC-CW Implementation Chaos

In our last post, we were pleased and excited to finally begin discussing the long-awaited details of the Forest Stewardship Council’s National Risk Assessment for the USA.  The US-NRA is quite possibly the most significant new policy document produced by FSC’s US affiliate in years.  It is important, still in need of work, and worth giving our attention to.

We hoped to continue and add to our writing about the US-NRA this week, but we find that we cannot.  We will return to that subject soon. For now, we must address a more pressing concern.  In December, we wrote yet another installment in the long, ugly story of Controlled Wood implementation.  At the heart of this story is the “Category 3 Problem” for companies who rely on Company Risk Assessments (CRA’s).  Our hope then was that the publication of the US-NRA would finally resolve all of these problems.  Perhaps someday it might do that, but not yet.

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‘User’s Guide’ for FSC-US Nat’l Risk Assessment v.2

The US affiliate of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC-US) released the latest version of its Controlled Wood National Risk Assessment (NRA) for the United States just before the Christmas holidays, we wasted no time in calling attention to it with our brief posting on December 16.  This document is very important to the whole FSC program, for reasons that we have discussed at length before, and surely will again.  As is typical with FSC, the NRA document had been in the works for a very long time:  over 5 years!  And its consequence has been increased by the ongoing mayhem associated with the Controlled Wood program this year.

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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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