Screen Shot 2014-06-05 at 1.14.46 PMIt is easy to become overwhelmed with the sheer complexity of FSC policy development lately.  We thought that a reminder about one of the most important of these – the Controlled Wood program –  would be helpful.

Here is a quick summary (with key links) of the ongoing revision of the Controlled Wood (CW) program.  In its current form, it consists first of a revision to the current standard intended to address a motion to “strengthen” the current system passed at the last general assembly.  Following the revision, they plan to develop a new strategy for Controlled Wood.  The timetable for all of this is found here.  Developing a strategy after revising the current standard is clearly a bit backward, but it may also be unavoidable.  FSC CW is definitely broken, and a quick fix – even if temporary – may be better than waiting to achieve consensus on a perfect solution.

FSC policy development staff are sincerely interested in feedback from the user community.  If you have not yet provided your own feedback, I suggest that you make time to do so today.  Here is a link to a survey form on the subject.  I completed it this morning.  Like many online surveys requires a bit of patience, and includes a few questions that are – frankly – a bit stupid.  But it includes some very good and important questions as well.

The survey closes on July 25, 2014, so do not wait.