Friday, February 15, 2013

Is Green Diamond Resource Company clearcutting their way to FSC labeling?

By Kyle Haines, THP Tracking Center
February 15, 2013

Image By EF! Humboldt
Recently, Green Diamond Resource Company (formerly Simpson Timber Company), SCS Global Services (SCS), and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) issued a joint press release announcing Green Diamond Resource Company’s California Timberlands have been certified as meeting the forest management standards established by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).  SCS Global Services, an international corporation that provides certification contracting services to a number of industries, conducted, on behalf of the FSC, the evaluation, or audit, of Green Diamond Resource Company’s logging practices.

This is an interesting development, given the fact that Green Diamond Resource Company has clearcut over 9,000 acres of their own timberlands since 2010 (See THP Tracking Center CA Private Lands Logging Statistics for 2010, 2011 & 2012).  FSC allows some mimicking of natural processes; but the reality is Green Diamond Resource Company has already converted far more of their lands to plantations through clearcutting than either fire or insects could.  And since clearcutting is the cheapest way to log, it continues to work very well for their bottom line, so FSC labeling gives them the prefect excuse to greenwash. More information is available on EPICs BLOG "Forest Products Marketing Firm Commits Major Blunder in the Redwoods" and on the THP Tracking Center website.

2 comments:

  1. Hey Kyle!! EPIC is working hard on this!! You used the Jen Kalt foto that we published on our website but you don't give her or EPIC credit...it would be great to have more of your collaboration so we can work together! http://www.wildcalifornia.org/blog/industrialforestryreform/eyeongreendiamond/forest-products-marketing-firm-commits-major-blunder-in-the-redwoods/

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