Thursday, January 06, 2011

Ohio State Forests Achieve "Green" Certification

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources announced today that Ohio’s 21 State Forests have met the stringent environmental and social standards required for certification under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative ® program.

“This is a milestone achievement for the Ohio Division of Forestry,” said Dr. David Lytle, state forester and chief, ODNR Division of Forestry. “Certification reflects the Division’s dedication to the sustainable management of Ohio’s 200,000 acres of state forest land.”

In order to achieve certification under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative ® (SFI®) program, the Ohio Division of Forestry demonstrated to independent, third-party auditors that its forest management met standards related to the protection of biodiversity and water quality, public involvement and transparency, and sustainable timber harvesting. The Division of Forestry will also undergo annual compliance audits in order to demonstrate its continued commitment to sustainable management.

With increasing consumer demand for “green” products, SFI® certification will also benefit Ohio’s $15 billion forest products industry. “Consumers purchasing products made from wood grown in Ohio’s State Forests can be assured that they are making a ‘green’ choice,” said Lytle. “Since almost all of the timber harvested from state forests is purchased by Ohiocompanies, certification will help Ohio’s forest product industry expand their businesses into new markets.”

Governor Ted Strickland issued an executive directive to the Division of Forestry to seek certification of Ohio’s State Forests under the SFI® program, as well as a similar program run by the Forest Stewardship Council ® (FSC ®). The Division of Forestry has also undergone an audit for FSC ® program standards, and anticipates certification under this program within weeks.

“The Division of Forestry continues to set the example for proper forest management,” said Sean Logan, ODNR Director. “Ohio’s State Forests are the only forest lands in Ohioto have earned SFI® program certification. This effort ensures that future generations will be able to enjoy Ohio’s diverse forest habitats and that these same forests will continue to provide an economic boost to the state.”

For more information about certification, please visit the Division of Forestry’s Web site at www.ohiodnr.com/forestry. For information about the Sustainable Forestry Initiative ®, visit www.sfiprogram.org, and for information about the Forest Stewardship Council ®, visit www.fscus.org.

Ohiogrows more acres of trees than corn and soybeans combined. The ODNR Division of Forestry works to promote the wise use and sustainable management of Ohio’s public and private woodlands.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR Web site at www.ohiodnr.com.

31 comments:

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NGJ said...

Greenwashing in Ohio State Forests.

Unfortunately, SFI certifications are no guarantee of sustainability. To the contrary, SFI is essentially a public relations outgrowth of the timber and paper industries that provides cover for environmentally destructive practices.

SFI, while it claims to be independent, was created in 1994 by the paper and timber industries for the benefit of those same industries. It was spun off from the American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA), the main trade association for the $175 billion U.S. paper and timber sector. Virtually all of SFI’s funding comes from these industry groups, and SFI spent more than half of its budget in 2008 on media advertisements for timber and paper products.

So what does the SFI stamp of approval mean in terms of sustainability? SFI standards allow for the widespread clearcutting of old-growth and environmentally sensitive forests. The group allows clearcuts that average 120 acres – the size of 90 football fields, and allowed clearcuts can be much larger. SFI also allows its certified clients to spray toxic herbicides and pesticides over vast tracts of forest, and allows for the conversion of natural forests into environmentally degraded, monocrop and GMO tree plantations that depend on petroleum-based fertilizers and other chemicals. Does that sound sustainable to you?

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DWA Rose said...

Maybe Ohio chose the Sustainable Forestry Initiative because SFI has a stated limit on the size of clearcuts – that’s not the case with other certification standards for Ohio, including the Forest Stewardship Council.

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