Certification Programs - Kathryn Fernholz, Dovetail Partners

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  • 1. Kathryn Fernholz Dovetail Partners October 2013 Forest Certification Finding the Program that Best Fits Your Needs For Your Forest
  • 2. Overview hat is forest certification? hy consider certification for your forest? hat are the different programs? ey questions/benefits to consider uestions?
  • 3. What is certification? http://www.treehugger.com/green-architecture/the-green-workplace-looks-at-eco-labels.html
  • 4. Certification: A process for assuring that: •Standards are being met, and •Customer concerns are being addressed. Many environmental certification systems are voluntary.
  • 5. Why certification? nvironmental concerns ocial concerns ack of effective regulation pportunity to identify leaders and voluntarily improve practices
  • 6. Why participate in certification? rice premiums/Market Access nhance Customer Relationships nhance Employee Satisfaction educe Costs
  • 7. Why aren’t all forests and products certified? dded costs ack of price premiums imited market demand urden of audits and reporting
  • 8. How does third-party certification work? Standard Setting Body (and Accreditation Organization) Accredited Certification Body or Auditor Producer/Company/Landowner Responsible for ensuring that certification requirements are met and participate in audits/reporting. Audit Audit
  • 9. How does third-party certification work? Standard Setting Body (and Accreditation Organization) Accredited Certification Body or Auditor Producer/Company/Landowner Responsible for ensuring that certification requirements are met and participate in audits/reporting. Audit Audit
  • 10. Certification Programs
  • 11. The Structure of a Standard For more info, see: http://dovetailinc.org/files/DovetailFSCSFIComparison32811.pdf
  • 12. The Structure of a Standard For more info, see: http://dovetailinc.org/files/DovetailFSCSFIComparison32811.pdf
  • 13. American Tree Farm System Standards of Sustainability: 1.Commitment to Practicing Sustainable Forestry 2.Compliance with Laws 3.Reforestation and Afforestation 4.Air, Water, and Soil Protection 5.Fish, Wildlife, and Biodiversity 6.Forest Aesthetics 7.Protect Special Sites 8.Forest Product Harvests and Other Activities http://www.treefarmsystem.org/standards-for-tree-farm-certification
  • 14. American Tree Farm System tate Tree Farm Committee programs - 44 active state committees certifying over 21 million acres on 42,000 Tree Farms across the U.S. Landowners can join the state program through an inspection of their property and forest planning documents. ndependently Managed Group (IMG) programs - Started in 2002 and currently there are 12 IMGs certifying over 5 million acres. Each has a group manager that oversees landowner entry and exit into the group and coordinates certification audits. ndividual third-party certificates - To obtain an individual certificate, landowners should contract directly with a qualified certification body and undergo certification audits every three years.http://www.treefarmsystem.org/certification-american-tree-farm-system
  • 15. www.treefarmsystem.org/ arkforests.org/treefarm.html
  • 16. How do I participate? A prospective Tree Farm is carefully inspected by a forester at no charge, for the following items: • At least 10 acres are required for certification • Privately owned, tax-paying forest lands qualify for Tree Farm certification (certain Scout, 4-H, and municipal lands may qualify). • A forest management plan. The objectives of the forest owner are important in judging performance. • Protection must be provided from insects, disease, fire, and destructive grazing. • Harvesting of forest crops is important to utilize the renewable forest resource and to improve the growth of timber. • Dedication to growing repeated forest crops. • Other improvements to the land such as tree planting, timber stand improvement, pruning, stream improvement, and wildlife habitat improvement. To have a Tree Farm representative contact you to inspect your Arkansas forest land, please contact Jennifer Lambert (jlambert@arkforests.org, 501-374-2441)
  • 17. American Tree Farm System &W Forestry – IMG • F&W can help individual landowners become certified under F&W’s group certification. They can also assist landowners to enroll in and maintain their compliance with other certification programs. F&W Forestry 367 B Old Calion Road El Dorado, AR 71730 PO Box 10621 El Dorado, AR 71730 Office: (870) 864-8092 Fax: (870) 864-8814 James F. Reese, RF, CF Regional Manager jreese@fwforestry.com Cell: (229) 344-3906 180 Highway 71 North DeQueen, AR 71832 PO Box 1070, DeQueen, AR 71832 Office: (870) 584-3016 Fax: (870) 584-3017
  • 18. Forest Stewardship Council The ten FSC Principles: • Principle 1: Compliance with laws • Principle 2: Tenure and use rights and responsibilities • Principle 3: Indigenous peoples’ rights • Principle 4: Community relations and worker's rights • Principle 5: Economic, social and environmental benefits from the forest. • Principle 6: Environmental impact • Principle 7: Management plan • Principle 8: Monitoring and assessment • Principle 9: Maintenance of high conservation value forests • Principle 10: Plantations http://ic.fsc.org/the-ten-principles.103.htm
  • 19. Forest Stewardship Council - Certified as member of a group - Certified as an individual - Certified as a Family Forest (less than 2,500 acre ownership)
  • 20. Forest Stewardship Council Four States Timberland Owners Association (LA, OK, AR, TX) •The organization is an unincorporated non-profit under the legal jurisdiction of the State of Arkansas and is operated by staff of Domtar, A.W. LLC located in Ashdown, Arkansas •http://www.fourstatestimberlandowners.com/ •John Cook, Ashdown, AR, (903) 826-8775 •55 members (43 family forests) •65,000+ acres Certified Forest Management, LLC (GA, SC, NC, VA, TN, AL, MS, OK, TX, LA, AR) •Certified Forest Management, LLC is a forest product marketing and sales business incorporated in the state of Delaware, USA and operated by staff of International Paper •David Whitehouse, Augusta, GA (601) 927-3299 •43 members (40 family forests) •38,000+ acres
  • 21. Sustainable Forestry Initiative Principles: 1.Sustainable Forestry 2.Forest Productivity and Health 3.Protection of Water Resources 4.Protection of Biological Diversity 5.Aesthetics and Recreation 6.Protection of Special Sites 7.Responsible Fiber Sourcing Practices in North America 8.Avoidance of Controversial Sources (including Illegal Logging in Offshore Fiber Sourcing) 9.Legal Compliance 10.Research 11.Training and Education 12.Public Involvement 13.Transparency 14.Continual Improvement http://www.sfiprogram.org
  • 22. Key Questions & Benefits to Consider o I want a plan for caring for my land? o I want help in following my plan? o I want experts to visit my forest and provide assistance? o I want to be part of a group that is committed to certified forest management? o I want to have access to markets for certified products? …If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, then forest certification might be right for you!
  • 23. How to choose the right program ead the standards – if the details and environmental impacts are a priority for you alk to the people (group managers, members, etc) – if the relationship and quality of service is your top priority sk about the program costs and market
  • 24. www.dovetailinc.org Katie Fernholz . 612-333-0430 . katie@dovetailinc.org