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A new kind of forestry

Posted by Paul Vanderford on August 23, 2013

Welcoming Pulley Corporation, the only FSC®-Certified Logger in the Pacific Northwest

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Logging of Pacific Northwest forests brings to mind vivid imagery and feelings. The image is different for each of us, depending on our relationship to forests and our feelings about forest practices. From barren slopes and fresh stumps to healthy forests and towering old growth, numerous images come to mind.  It is important to recognize that not all forestry is created equal.

It is also important to know that forestry is changing. Consumers are becoming savvy and beginning to understand the power of their purchasing choices. Consumer purchases are steering decisions on how forests are managed and harvested. In a fundamental way, we are all becoming foresters and are all now holding the chainsaw as we choose which wood products to buy. Luckily, it doesn't take a degree in forestry or ecology to make our decisions.

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has been helping ethical companies demonstrate their commitment to responsible forestry for twenty years. The FSC maintains sustainable forestry and supply chain standards. Wood products are tracked from sustainably managed forests all the way to their final form as lumber, paper, or furniture item.  

Resulting end products come with the FSC logo. 

Certified wood is available at facilities like Sustainable Northwest Wood, home improvement centers, and other area providers. Certified paper products can be found at office supply centers and local grocery stores. The market is growing and providing a valuable alternative.  

There are still challenges. Certified wood can get lost or mixed with non-certified wood and lose its identification. To ensure that this doesn't happen, all companies involved in the process of manufacturing certified wood products must become FSC Chain-of-Custody certified and undergo third party auditing. This includes logging companies who take ownership of certified wood. A logger must join the FSC Chain-of-Custody in order for that wood to retain its certification.  Until recently, there were no Chain-of-Custody logging companies in the Pacific Northwest.

Marking a milestone, we are pleased to announce that Pulley Corporation has joined Sustainable Northwest's FSC certification program. Pulley is now the only FSC-certified logging contractor in the Pacific Northwest. We are currently reaching out to additional logging companies to ensure that certified wood stays in the system. You can find Pulley Corporation and a map of other local FSC-certified businesses at www.snwgroupcert.com.

Customers: Be a responsible forester, look for the FSC logo.

Companies: If you would like to join the growing number of companies buying and selling FSC-certified wood products, contact Sustainable Northwest.

Paul Vanderford is the FSC Program Manager at Sustainable Northwest.