Eco-Logging Lie


Buyers of paper and timber increasingly want to know that it comes from environmentally acceptable sources. In response, rather than change logging practices, the logging industry invented its own dodgy ‘green tick’ called AFS (those logos you see on envelopes these days) to fool the public.

But retailers and the concerned public aren’t stupid. So VicForests is now claiming it wants to gain the higher standard FSC green tick. But what’s happening is that VicForests and other industry players are infiltrating the FSC and trying to force standards to be lowered to suit their style of logging.   

 

Room for Improvement

9 July 2014

VicForests has a snowball’s hope in hell of gaining the green tick of approval from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), an international wood certification body.

It had a preliminary audit carried out on its logging management and it failed dismally. This didn’t stop it from claiming in a media release that the auditors recognised the wonderful job they do (!?)

VicForests attempts to influence global wood sustainability group

23 June 2014

VicForests, as we all know, is ruthless in its logging management and in its pursuit of access to our forests. Despite its markets shrinking and despite its customers demanding a sustainable certification tick, VicForests is pushing ahead. It is pursuing an eco-label for its wood and has been a controversial member of the international Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) for the last 7 years.

AFS - Tick for the Status Quo

1 August 2012

The Australian Forestry Standard (AFS) is currently stamped on wood from endangered species' habitat in Victoria. The AFS has also been stamped on wood from unlawful sources  in Victoria when VicForests breached its allocation. For these reasons and others relating to stakeholder engagement, the AFS fails to protect our forests because it sets a low threshold of performance and endorses standard logging practices, which are considered a threat to endangered species.

Reflex Paper and Victorian native forest logging stripped of green credentials

24 August 2011

Reflex Paper has lost its Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification because Victoria’s native forest logging practices do not meet the Council’s strict environmental standards.

“This is a huge blow for the credibility of Victoria’s timber industry, and state-owned logging company VicForests,” said Wilderness Society campaigner Luke Chamberlain.