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.
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.
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
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
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.