World’s worst forestry practice’ standard

The Australian accreditation body, Standards Australia, has been asked by national environment groups to reject a loggers-own brand of ‘world’s best practice logging’ certification. They call it the Australian Forestry Standard or AFS.

The logging industry wants to formalise its destructive operations by having the label formally accepted by a standards body.

The ‘standards’ that are being submitted for approval allow clearing of native forests, including old growth and threatened species habitat. It can then all be replanted with single species plantations, and they even OK the poisoning of native wildlife.

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