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FSC Controlled Wood: the US-NRA is here!

It seems hard to believe, but the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) announced late last week that the long-awaited National Risk Assessment (NRA) for the United States has finally been approved and posted for use.  It's hard to believe that it's here.  It is also hard to believe that it took more than 6 years to accomplish.  The hard work isn't done, but this is nonetheless an important and helpful step forward.   As with all things at FSC, the devil is in the details.  That said, we think...

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Looking for Trees in the Lumber Yard

When you spend most of your time and attention, mired in the day-to-day world of Chain of Custody (CoC) certification, it can be easy to lose sight of why we work so hard at all of this.  At MixedWood, we are fond of pointing out just how much the FSC, SFI, and PEFC programs have in common.  One obvious but often overlooked point is in their names.  In our modern world of acronyms and abbreviations, our favorite “green” certification programs are most generally referred to by their initials. ...

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FSC-US NRA: another draft

It has become a bit tedious, and more than a little embarrassing, to follow the long, long, long path that FSC-US continues to follow in its quest to finalize a National Risk Assessment for the United States.  The community received another update late last night, and we feel duty-bound to share it with our readers. The latest update came in the usual format:  an email from FSC-US's policy director.  We have attached a copy of the email for those of you who aren't on the mailing list.  The...

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Some Lessons from a Burger Box

In our New Year’s post, we used a photo of a hamburger container collected recently from a nearby MacDonald’s restaurant.  Our point was simply to demonstrate the continuing relevant of certified products in the commodity marketplace - and by extension the ongoing relevance of the FSC, SFI and PEFC brands.  MacDonald’s buys a lot of burger boxes, so the fact that they have FSC labels on them is - by definition - a pretty big deal. Because we are interested in the details of this sort of thing,...

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FSC CW again: updates to updates

Our post from just before the New Year shared some important information updates on the status of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Controlled Wood program in the US.  Our intent, of course, was simply to share and summarize the latest information available on this important topic.   One of the hazards of sharing up-to-date information in a timely way is that things like this have a tendency to change.  And that's just what happened here.  We got a friendly note from FSC-US staff on...

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Reflections on The New Year

It is both traditional and healthy to take advantage of this quiet time of the year to do a bit of reflection.   2018 was an active and interesting year for us and also for many of our clients.  We can say the same for the programs we follow so closely.  FSC and SFI continue to grow and thrive - sometimes in spite of their best efforts at self-destruction.  We’ll have more to say soon on that subject.  For now, however, we would like to share a handful of general observations and reflections;...

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