Everyone involved in the FSC Controlled Wood program here in the United States has been eagerly and impatiently waiting for FSC-US staff to release their latest version of the Controlled Wood National Risk Assessment (NRA) for the USA. Tonight at 5:30pm ET it finally saw the light of day.
A colleague and regular reader (AH) sent us an interesting link this week. We think it is worth sharing and reflecting on. It seems to offer another, creative and promising look at simplifying the confusing world of wood product certification. Continue reading “Still Looking for a Better Way” »
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.
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” »
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.
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.
As 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.
Regular readers of this blog may have wondered where we have been for the last several months. The answer, of course, is complicated. But one good excuse has been a very busy season for FSC Controlled Wood consulting. If you are among the folks still struggling with this process, please click here to see our last post on the subject.
Today’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%.
The 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.