The Eco-Logging Lie

In recent years, a number of respected environmental organisations have cancelled their support for FSC. These include FERN (2011), Friends of the Earth UK (2008), ROBINWOOD (2009), the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC Sweden) (2011), and smaller groups such as Rainforest Rescue and the Association for the Ecological Defence of Galicia. For more information see the Criticism section of Wikipedia and to keep up to date with the latest concerns see FSC Watch.

Eco-timber certification label loses eco-credibility

Friday, October 24, 2014

An East Gippsland sawmill is in the process of applying for the very same timber certification label that has been condemned by environment groups across the country this week, after the logging of WA’s 600 year old Karri forests was given a ‘green tick’.

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is a global timber certifying body which outsources the inspection of forest logging operations. The auditors measure a number of criteria to ensure the wood is obtained in a socially and environmentally responsible way.

FSC undermined by backing logging of 600-year-old trees

Thursday, October 23, 2014

One of the giant trees subject to logging in the now-FSC-certified Northcliffe forest.

The standards of the world's leading timber certifying body, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), are being questioned after one of its British auditors gave an environmental tick of approval to log forests containing 600-year-old trees in Western Australia.

The WA Government’s logging agency, the Forest Products Commission (FPC), has secured FSC certification from Soil Association Woodmark for FPC’s logging operations in the tall eucalypt Karri forests in the state’s south-west. These forests are also home to at least 15 threatened species including Red-Tailed Black Cockatoos, Mainland Quokkas and Western Quolls.

Room for Improvement

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

just making some room for improvement

VicForests has a snowball’s hope in hell of gaining the green tick of approval from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), an international wood certification body.

It had a preliminary audit carried out on its logging management and it failed dismally. This didn’t stop it from claiming in a media release that the auditors recognised the wonderful job they do (!?)

VicForests attempts to influence global wood sustainability group

Monday, June 23, 2014

VicForests, as we all know, is ruthless in its logging management and in its pursuit of access to our forests. Despite its markets shrinking and despite its customers demanding a sustainable certification tick, VicForests is pushing ahead. It is pursuing an eco-label for its wood and has been a controversial member of the international Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) for the last 7 years.

VicForests tries to green itself!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

VicForests is currently trying to go for the more credible FSC 'eco-certification' for it's logging; not a snowball's hope in hell many think. But VF is inviting comments and the independent auditors are wanting to consult with enviro-groups. Please don't participate just yet! Enviro groups are forming a united front so the old trick of picking each group off one at a time can't be tried again (as they did in NSW and WA).
Please contact us if you want to know more. eeg@eastgippsland.net.au

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