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Forest Certification. Why Bother?. Why Certification?. different types of certifications for different purposes. E.g. organic food is certified for health and environment, hair dryers and cars for consumer safety.

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forest certification

Forest Certification

Why Bother?


why certification
Why Certification?
  • different types of certifications for different purposes. E.g. organic food is certified for health and environment, hair dryers and cars for consumer safety.
  • for forests, the market demand comes from environmental and social concerns about status quo logging, so a worthwhile certification system has to address those concerns or it will be meaningless in the long term.


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Why Certification?

A Solution to ongoing Environmental and Social Concerns

  • Protection of Endangered Species Habitat
  • Protection of Riparian Forests and Water Bodies
  • Chemical Pesticide Use
  • Protection of Endangered Forests
  • Responsible Harvesting Practices and Maintaining Natural Forests
  • Accommodation of Indigenous Peoples’ Interests.



The 3 forest certification systems in BC are:

  • Canadian Standards Association (CSA)
  • Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)
  • Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

*ISO is not a certification of standards, it is a registration of systems.



why fsc
Why FSC?

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

is the only certification accepted by

BC’s major environmental groups.



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Why FSC?
  • Example: Sierra Club BC Forest Policy
  • Objectives
  • Conserve BC’s rich natural heritage.
  • Manage logging activities according to precautionary, ecological principles and values.
  • Do more with less.
  • Utilize resources sustainably.
  • Give communities and First Nations greater control in forest management
  • Diversify community economies.
  • (entire forest policy at


these timberwest private lands were sfi certified shortly after photo taken
These TimberWest private lands were SFI certified shortly after photo taken.

Cowichan Valley, summer 2000. Photo by Garth Lenz.


this controversial public land logging by weyerhaeuser in the walbran valley is csa certified
This controversial public land logging by Weyerhaeuser in the Walbran Valley is CSA certified.

Walbran Valley, May 2003. Photo by Mark Unrau


al hopwood s fsc certified woodlot
Al Hopwood’s FSC certified woodlot.

Comox Valley. Photo by Silva Forest Foundation