Monthly Archives: January 2012

Ever wondered what’s behind the eco-labels we see on paper and wood products?

CBC’s Marketplace is airing a show on Friday (January 27th, 8:00pm) that takes a look at the practices behind one such label — SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative).  CBC asked me to accompany them to some JD Irving cuts in New Brunswick, so I did.  I’m rather curious to see how the show turns out.

There’s two main forest certification organisations battling for recognition and legitimacy: FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative).  While FSC is not without its faults, its standards are regarded as more rigorously protecting ecological values during forest cutting.

I’ve been critical of some forestry operations in Nova Scotia that were SFI-certified, particularly a cut by Northern Pulp Corp near Upper Musquodobit, NS.  The photos I took reminded some people of images of World War I.  Click here to see them.  I phoned the company responsible for the “green” certification of this opertation to see if there’d been a mistake, and was told no, there was no mistake — the company met their standards for sustainable forestry.  It begs the question of what a company would have to do to not meet the SFI standard!