“Becoming a PEFC national member is an important step towards the endorsement of our country’s national forest certification system,” said Craig Norris, Forest Technology Manager at NCT Forestry. “We expect to finalize the system documentation by June and will submit the system to PEFC shortly after.” There are approximately 1.2 million hectares of exotic tree plantations in South Africa. While much of this is already certified to alternative forest certification systems, most of this area is owned or managed by large organizations. This has led to a growing concern that small- and family forest owners are being left behind. Click Read More below for more of the story.
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) recognized International Paper with the 2017 AF&PA Leadership in Sustainability Award for Sustainable Forest Management for their Certified Forest Management LLC program. The award was presented at AF&PA’s annual meeting on Friday, Nov. 3 in Greensboro, Georgia.
“International Paper took the initiative to increase and expand its certified fiber supply by supporting small private landowners – benefitting its customers, its suppliers and its businesses,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman.
International Paper created a cost-effective means for small private landowners to become Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified following customer demand for certified products. Through Certified Forest Management LLC, its own FSC forest management group, International Paper has directly enrolled and actively maintained FSC forest management certification for 210 private landowners in ten states since 2012, significantly increasing certified forestlands and their certified fiber supply in the process.
“We thank AF&PA for recognizing International Paper’s Certified Forest Management LLC,” said International Paper Chairman and CEO Mark Sutton. “Through this initiative, we are able to support private landowners as we continue to lead the world in responsible forest stewardship to ensure healthy and productive ecosystems for generations to come.”
more at: http://afandpa.org/media/news/2017/11/06/international-paper-wins-2017-af-pa-sustainability-award-for-sustainable-forest-management