Tree Frog Forestry News

Conservationists may challenge certification of state forest lands

July 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

….For wood products manufacturers that operate in the state, the certification provides value in the marketplace, as some large home products retailers, such as Home Depot, have come to insist on certified lumber in their stores. But the DNR could face a challenge to those certifications when they come up for a five-year renewal later this summer. Conservationists who’ve worked on forest management issues for years say recent changes in DNR policies backtrack on previous commitments and conflict with the ideals established by the two organizations that currently certify DNR-managed forests, the Forest Stewardship Council, or FSC, and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, or SFI.