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Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

In 1997 Craigpine Timber Ltd was the first Company in Australasia to be awarded FSC certification.

FSC - A Snapshot

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international network to promote responsible management of the world's forests.

FSC brings people together to find solutions to the problems created by poor forestry practices and to reward best practice or responsible forest management.

  • FSC is a stakeholder owned system for promoting responsible management of the world's forests. Through consultative processes, it sets international standards for responsible forest management.It accredits independent third party organizations who can certify forest managers and forest product producers to FSC standards.Its trademark provides international recognition to organizations who support the growth of responsible forest management. Its product label allows consumers worldwide to recognize products that support the growth of responsible forest management worldwide.FSC undertakes marketing programs and information services that contributes to the mission of promoting responsible forestry worldwide.

  • Over the past 10 years, over 73 million hectares in more than 72 countries have been certified according to FSC standards while several thousand products are produced using FSC certified wood and carrying the FSC trademark. FSC operates through its network of National Initiatives in more than 34 countries.

For more information about the Forest Stewardship Council and the Forest Stewardship Certification (FSC) go to www.fsc.org/en

What does FSC mean for Craigpine?

FSC consists of 10 principles. For Craigpine to become and maintain their FSC certification the company has produced specific policies and procedures for each FSC principle. The FSC principles are as follows:

  1. Compliance with FSC laws and principles

    • Craigpine shall respect all applicable laws of the country in which they occur and international treaties and agreements to which the country is a signatory, and comply with all FSC principles and criteria. Craigpine Forestry Team regularly (not less than once a year) updates the Law applicable to them and has a yearly FSC audit to insure we are adhering to the FSC Principles.

  2. Tenure and Use Rights and Responsibilities

    • Craigpine must ensure that all owned forests have a long term tenure and use rights to the land and forest resources. This shall be clearly defined, documented and legally established.

  3. Indigenous Peoples Rights

    • Craigpine is to ensure that the legal and customary rights of indigenous peoples to own, use and manage their lands, territories, and resources shall be recognized and respected

  4. Community Relations and Workers Rights

    • All Craigpines forest management operations shall maintain or enhance the long term social and economic well being of forest workers and local communities.

  5. Benefits from the Forest

    • Craigpine shall ensure that all forest operations encourage the efficient use of the forest's multiple products and services to ensure the economic viability in a wide range of environmental and social benefits

  6. Environmental Impact

    • Craigpine will ensure that the forest management conserves biological diversity and its associated values, water resources, soils, and unique and fragile ecosystems and landscapes, and by doing so, maintain the ecological functions and integrity of the forest.

  7. Management Plan

    • Craigpine has a complete a management plan, which is appropriate to the scale and intensity of the operations. The management plan is reviewed not less than once a year and is kept up to date. The long term objectives of management and the means of achieving them is clearly identified and stated.

  8. Monitoring and Assessment

    • Craigpine must ensure that monitoring is being completed, which is appropriate to the scale and intensity of the forest management. The monitoring which is conducted is to assist the condition of the forest, yields of forest products, chain of custody, management activities and thei social and environmental impacts.

  9. Maintenance of Natural Forests

    • Craigpine is to ensure the maintenance of any natural forest. This principle does not apply to Craigpine as they do not own any natural forests.

  10. Plantations

    • Craigpine shall ensure that all plantations are planned and managed in accordance with Principles and Criteria 1-10. While plantations can provide an array of social and economic benefits, and can contribute to satisfying the worlds needs for forest products, they should complement the management of, reduce pressures on, and promote the restorations and conservation of natural forests.

How does Craigpine achieve the 10 Principles of FSC?

Craigpine has developed policies in relation to all 10 of the FSC Principles. The policies are based on how Craigpine is going to achieve and implement the principles and their criteria.

Craigpine outlines their commitment to FSC through their Forest Management Plan, which is updated each year. A summary of the Forest Management Plan is available on this website.

Through Craigpines policies and Forest Management Plan, the company is now leading into its 10th year of being FSC certified. This is a great effort. Over time the Craigpine team has developed and maintained sustainable and low impact practices on their forest resources.

Craigpine operates an environmental management system that identifies the processes and procedures and whom is responsible for these. It incorporates both internal and external communications, and an audit and review process. Specific environmental policies and procedures include (but are not limited to):

  • Streamside management, Water monitoring, Pest, Plant and Wildlings Management

  • Ecological Management