Great Bear Rainforest gets Forest Stewardship Council certification
Largest certification of its kind on B.C. coast at nearly one million hectares of
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has certified nearly one million hectares of temperate rainforest in B.C.’s Great Bear Rainforest. The certified area is larger than Prince Edward Island.
FSC certification is the only forest certification system endorsed by a broad array of environmental and indigenous organizations around the world. FSC certification is awarded to forest products companies who apply for the stamp and who demonstrate they are willing to operate in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.
The forest companies that have been certified for approximately 850,000 hectares are Western Forest Products, Interfor and B.C. Timber Sales. As buyers of wood products from the forest, Catalyst Paper and Howe Sound Pulp and Paper supported the certification process for the logging companies. This is a signal that the forest industry is responding to the growing market demand for environmentally responsible forest products.
Examples of FSC certified forest practices include recognition of title and rights of the First Nations living in the Great Bear Rainforest, careful management of forests with significant concentrations of biodiversity and endemic species (such as the coastal wolves and Spirit bears found in the region), maintaining forests, and deciding how much can be logged without compromising ecosystem integrity.