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New Cooperating
Forester Training

The  Center for Forest and Wood Certification is partnering again with the University of Tennessee Agency Forester TrainingDepartment of Forestry Cooperative Extension to conduct intial Cooperating Forester Training. The training will take place at the Ellington Ag Center in Nashville, TN on July 17-18, 2014. The cost is $30 and includes all registration materials, breaks, and lunch. The training is required by all foresters in order to enroll their clients or employer's land into the Center's FSC® and ATFS® group certificates. Several individuals are already registered from the past training's wait list. More information including an agenda, registration forms and links, and list of individuals already registered can be found on the Center's website.

Center Supports Potential
Logger CoC Changes

The Center recently filed a letter to FSC-US in support of changing the group membership eligibility requirements for  loggers. Currently logging firms are required to have less than $5 million in revenue in order to join a group FSC chain-of-custody certificate (same as any other forest products company). Because of the Center's involvement with providing CoC solutions for loggers in eight states, we support changing the requirement to less than $5 million in revenue or less than 15 employees as long as the logger does not own an adjoining sawmill or concentration yard. Our experience has shown that logger involvement in CoC groups result in the adoption of common templates and load tracking systems that results in greater supply chain integrity. Groups are more effective at minimizing supply chain contamination than loggers holding individual certificates. Stay tuned to future editions of this newsletter for more details as they are available.

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, Central Appalachian Forestry Alliance, Mountain Association for Community and Economic Development, Kentucky Division of Forestry, and NewPage Corp. Sustaining contributions are also being provided by the University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, 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 Industries Association, Tennessee Sustainable Forestry Initiative Implementation Committee, Kentucky Chapter of the Association of Consulting Foresters, and the Kentucky Woodland Owners Association. For more information about our partners and how you can support the Center's mission, goals, and projects please visit here. 

June 2014
In This Issue
New Cooperating Forester Training
Center Supports Potential Logger FSC CoC Changes
Center Sponsors and Support.
Acres Certified
Industrial - 4,450
Public - 43,713
Family Forests -11,347
College - 8,600
Chain of Custody Certificates - 49    
Logger - 15
Primary - 8
Secondary - 23
Printer - 1
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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Forest Mangement Certification

Chain-of-Custody Certification

Logging Certification 

Cooperating Forester Program 


Contact Us
The Center for Forest and Wood Certification is a partnership venture focused on enhancing wood and forest certification. The Center is provided direction by eight partners including University, non-profit, forest industry, and consulting foresters. The Center is housed at the University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture, Department of Forestry and is funded through membership fees, grants, and gifts with oversight and management by Cooperative Extension Service personnel at the University of Kentucky. 

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