A public advisory committee working with Canadian Kraft Paper Industries Ltd. on sustainable forest management in north central Manitoba for over two decades has been recognized with the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) Canada Stewardship Award for their leadership and personal commitment.
John Dunford, Chair of the group representing the forest companies certified to CSA in Canada, said, “We’re fortunate to have many dedicated public advisory groups actively engaged in the development and certification of good forestry practices. I’m pleased to recognize the achievements of the Forest Management License Area 2 SFM committee.”
The Advisory Group has helped ensure local forest management meets strict on-the-ground tests required by CSA for each of the biological, environmental and social criteria under the sustainable forest management standard.
Paul Chapman, Woodlands Manager, Forestry, Canadian Kraft Paper, said, “Since its establishment in 1996, the committee has worked diligently to continually improve how these public forests are managed for multiple forest values. I’m extremely happy that these committed volunteers are being recognized for their efforts - definitely well deserved!”
CSA Z809 is Canada’s national forest certification standard and the world’s largest national forest management standard with roughly 35 million hectares of woodlands certified. It includes a suite of mandatory core indicators for consistently measuring sustainable forest management across the country. It also requires local adaptations through ongoing public and Aboriginal dialogue with community advisory groups. This reflects the diversity of Canada’s forests, and the fact that over 94% of them are publicly owned.
PEFC Canada represents organizations in Canada that have certified their forestry operations to the PEFC-endorsed Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) standards, as well as organizations and businesses that are certified to the PEFC International Chain of Custody Standard.