The National Wood Flooring Association has formed the Forest Stewardship Council Procurement Group, with the aim of reviewing and developing systems for private landowners who want to adopt FSC certification.
to Anita Howard, communications director for NWFA, approximately 270 million
acres of U.S. forests are owned by small landowners, but only 2.5 million acres
(less than 1 percent) are FSC-certified. "The Procurement Group is trying
to combine landowners into a larger group, and remove some of the barriers of
certification," Howard said.
FSC Procurement Group is spearheaded by a steering committee that includes
manufacturers and industry groups both inside and outside of flooring. Members
include: Don Finkell, Anderson Hardwood Floors (chair); Neil Poland, Mullican
Flooring (vice-chair); Ed Korczak, NWFA; Lewis Fix, Domtar; Jason Grant, NWFA
advisor; Ian Hanna, FSC Family Forests Alliance and FSC-US; Robert Hrubes and
Dave Wager, Scientific Certification Systems; Linda Kramme, World Wildlife
Fund-US; Fran Price, the Nature Conservancy; Eric Smith, Kapstone Paper; Karen
Steer, Tropical Forest Trust and FSC-US; and Lisa Stocker, Rainforest
Procurement Group was formed as part of the NWFA’s Responsible Procurement
Program, which recognizes wood flooring companies that work to sustain the
nation’s forests. The voluntary program offers three tiers of increasing
participation and associated certification.
noted that Anderson has become the first certified manufacturer, earning both
Tier 1 and Tier 2 certification under the program. Mullican is also set to
become certified after its audit is completed. "We also have about half a
dozen interested parties waiting for their audits to begin, and about half a
dozen who have expressed interest in participating," Howard added.
is supported by the Forest Stewardship Council-US and the FSC Family Forests
Alliance, which recognize the NWFA RPP as "a valid incremental approach
toward socially and environmentally responsible forestry," according to
Finkell, Poland named to new NWFA Procurement Group
November 23, 2009