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FSC Updates Logger
CoC Audit Process

The Forest Stewardship Council recently provided an interpretation to update their auditing requirements for logging firms. Logging crews that hold an FSC chain-of-custody certificate can now be desk audited as long as they do not have a concentration yard. To participate in desk audits the logger cannot also own a processing facility such as a sawmill. This interpretation will reduce administrative burdens and costs for logging crews making chain-of-custody certification more practical. You can read the more about the new interpretation here.

Chain-of-Custody Membership Process Detailed

The most common question the Center receives from forest industry is how do I get certified? The process is actually rather simple and entails at least one site visit by the Center's Chain-of-Custody Section Administrator. During this scoping visit, Center staff will review the applicant's manufacturing processes and will prepare written procedures that describe the process of how the member will handle certified material. Further details about the chain-of-custody certification process can be found here. 

Better Know a Standard

Tree Farm Logo Periodically the Center will detail a portion of the forest management or chain-of-custody standard. This edition focuses on an indicator of the American Tree Farm System that forest owners should seek qualified natural resource professionals and qualified contractors. Click here to review this edition.

Center Sponsors and Support

The Center wishes to thank our sustaining and supporting sponsors. Particular thanks are given to corporate sponsors providing sustaining multiple year commitments including Time Inc., Domtar Corporation, Kentucky Division of Forestry, and NewPage Corp. Sustaining contributions are also being provided by the Central Appalachian Forestry Alliance, Mountain Association for Community and Economic Development, University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture, Department of Forestry, and the Kentucky Sustainable Forestry Initiative Implementation Committee. Center also wishes to thank organizations for providing endorsement of the Center including the Kentucky Forest Industry Association, Tennessee Sustainable Forestry Initiative Implementation Committee, Kentucky Chapter of the Association of Consulting Foresters, and the Kentucky Woodland Owner Association. More information about our partners and how you can support the Center's mission, goals, and projects please visit here.

May 2013
In This Issue
FSC Updates Logger CoC Audit Process
FSC Updates Logger CoC Audit Process
Better Know a Standard
Center Sponsors and Support
Acres Certified
Industrial - 4,450
Public - 43,713
Family Forests - 7,408
Acres Scoped
Chain of Custody Certificates
Logger - 54
Primary - 3
Secondary - 12
Reclaim - 2

The Center is geared up to assist any stakeholder group with help with their certification efforts. Whether you need to get your industrial forest certified, need assistance with your company's sustainability policy, need technical assistance in writing your sawmill's policies and procedures manual, or need to learn what goes in a certified management plan the Center can support and aid in your certification needs. Contact us toll free at 855.579.2690 to begin the process.

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