Concern with the present management of forestland has spawned a large number
of "sustainable forestry" efforts. These efforts are designed to provide
assurance to the public and customers of forest product companies that wood
and fiber has been grown and harvested in a responsible manner. Yet many
of these efforts have different and sometimes conflicting standards, are
not specific enough to judge whether a forest product company is in compliance,
or do not provide for an independent verification of compliance. Those
organizations seeking to purchase products or associate with landowners who
use sustainable forestry practices face an increasing complex set of
INTERFOREST offers a group of services to forest products industry customers
and non-profit organizations to help make sense of these complex and changing
stewardship initiatives. It may also be possible to provide these services
to client groups interested in a common forest products company.
- Selection of appropriate sustainability criteria
provide a summary of the various sustainability criteria and evaluate their
relative strengths and limitations. As part of this service, INTERFOREST
can recommend an existing stewardship initiative which best meets the client's
- Development of stewardship plans
Where existing sustainable forestry
initiatives are inappropriate or insufficient, INTERFOREST can work jointly
with forest products industry suppliers, customers and non-profit organizations
to design sustainable forestry stewardship plans to meet specific objectives.
- Verification of compliance with stewardship plans
independent and informed assessments of management practices in relation
to a specified stewardship plan or set of principles. An evaluation of the
practices of forest product companies selected by the client would include
an assessment of practices which exceed the specified stewardship objectives,
areas which are deficient relative to the stewardship plan, and suggested
changes to forestry operations. INTERFOREST can tailor its evaluation to
assess those aspects of a landowner's operations of interest to the client.
This focus could be geographic or it may be on an individual component of
forest management such as wildlife impacts or water quality protection. This
service is particularly suitable to customers of forest products companies
which do not participate in an existing certification program.
These services are designed to allow customers and other interested parties
to responsibly evaluate the practices of forestland owners. Specific stewardship
evaluation services can be tailored to the individual needs of your organization.
For further information on the stewardship services available from INTERFOREST,
please contact one of our representatives.
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