Millar Western’s 2017-27 Detailed Forest Management Plan (DFMP) for its Forest Management Agreement (FMA) area is nearing its final phase. In development for more than two years, the plan will guide forest management operations in the FMA area for the next 10 years. To ensure that the DFMP reflects local interests and priorities, Millar Western has sought public input at various junctures during its development. Starting October 4, it will begin its next and final consultation, beginning with a presentation of the draft Preferred Forest Management Scenario (PFMS) to Millar Western’s Public Advisory Committee. The next day, Millar Western will hold an open house at the Allan and Jean Millar Centre in Whitecourt, Alberta, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, to present the draft PFMS to all interested parties. “The PFMS is the result of an intensive back-and-forth process, whereby we use computer models to achieve the best balance among environmental, social and economic objectives on the land base,” said Chief Forester Bob Mason. “Whereas earlier consultations were focused on determining forest values — the features stakeholders deem important and wish to preserve on the landscape — the PFMS has accounted for those values and proposes harvesting volumes, locations and timeframes for the plan period.”
“The real work begins now,” said Ben Gunneberg, CEO of PEFC International, while speaking at a special event at the New Zealand Institute of Forestry (NZIF).
“Achieving PEFC endorsement of New Zealand forest certification system was the first step, but now the work begins to run the system, engage with stakeholders, promote PEFC/NZFCA certification, and get those forests certified.”
Ben, who is currently travelling around Japan, Australia and New Zealand, headed to Auckland on Thursday 17 March to speak to NZIF members, updating them on new developments at PEFC, but also stressing the importance of their continued involvement in the country’s national system.
“The PEFC approach is bottom-up; this means that every national system is developed and run by national stakeholders, ensuring that it is adapted to your local context,” Ben continued. “This means that responsibility for running the system and ensuring its success is in your hands, as local stakeholders, meaning your continued involvement now is more important than ever.”
“Great progress has been made with the introduction of a PEFC system for New Zealand in the two years since my last visit,” reiterated Ben on the impressive progress made in New Zealand, on the eve of the International Day of Forests (21 March).
“In those two years, the New Zealand Forest Certification Association (NZFCA) was established and then recognized as the country’s National member by the PEFC General Assembly, and its national forest certification system was endorsed by PEFC in December last year. The first certificates for PEFC Chain of Custody have already been issued.”
more at: http://pefc.org/news-a-media/general-sfm-news/2054-taking-the-next-steps-in-new-Zealand