Thursday, 21 June 2018
Controlled Wood Regional Meetings This Summer
The Forest Stewardship Council US will host three regional meetings this summer to help identify practical actions that companies can take to reduce the risk of procuring wood from forests where important ecological values are threatened.
Stakeholders actively working to advance responsible forest management and enhance local economic development are strongly encouraged to participate.
At the regional meetings, participants will help identify and align on ways to mitigate environmental risks associated with the wood harvested from regional forests, such as loss of natural forests or threats to high conservation values. Each meeting will address regionally applicable environmental risk issues.
The three regional meetings include the following:
- July 19 – Asheville, NC – Appalachian Region
- July 31 – Atlanta, GA – Southeast and Mississippi Alluvial Valley Regions
- August 14 – Portland, OR – Pacific Coast and Rocky Mountain Regions
The regional meetings will focus on identifying most effective and practical ways to reduce the risks associated with sourcing from non-FSC-certified forests in the respective regions. These include:
- Appalachia– Concentrations of biodiversity in the central and southern Appalachian Mountains, risks related to a rare salamander, and Mesophytic Cove Sites as a rare forest type.
- Southeast/Mississippi Alluvial Valley (combined) – Risks related to forest conversion, three rare amphibians, areas with concentrations of biodiversity (Cape Fear Arch, Florida Panhandle, Central Florida), and Late Successional Bottomland Hardwoods and Native Longleaf Pine systems as rare forest types.
- Pacific Coast/Rocky Mountain (combined) – Risks related to forest conversion, two rare salamanders, areas with concentrations of biodiversity (Klamath-Siskiyou, Sierra Nevada) and old growth forest as a rare forest type.
For more information about the meetings, including upcoming webinars and an online forum to begin collecting ideas for practical risk mitigation actions, please visit engage.us.fsc.org.