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Notification of Pending FSC Controlled Wood Evaluation of PF Olsen
18th May 2017: PF Olsen is seeking Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Controlled Wood (CW) certification for new tracts of forest in both Western Australia and Tasmania. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is a non-profit organisation devoted to encouraging the responsible management of the world’s forests. FSC sets standards that ensure forestry is practised in an environmentally responsible, socially beneficial, and economically viable way. FSC Controlled Wood standards ensure manufacturers and traders avoid unacceptable timber and timber products, including; illegally harvested wood; wood harvested in violation of traditional and civil rights; wood harvested in forests in which High Conservation Values are threatened through management activities; wood harvested from conversion of natural forests; and wood harvested from areas where genetically modified trees are planted.
The field evaluation in Tasmania is scheduled to commence 14 June 2017. SCS will make arrangements to meet with interested parties during the evaluation if appropriate, but it is preferred that comments are submitted before the evaluation commences. A separate notification letter will be sent out specifically regarding the audit in Tasmania.
For more information download the letter below.
Southern Pacific Fibre Pty Ltd (SPF): Due diligence system according to FSC-STD-40-005 (V3.0) EN. REQUIREMENTS FOR SOURCING FSC® CONTROLLED WOOD.
16th May 2017: Southern Pacific Fibre Pty Ltd produces Hardwood woodchips for export. Supply for SPF’s products come from a variety of plantation sources. Some are local FSC certified and some are local controlled material source. All wood sourced is plantation grown Eucalyptus globulus from Western Australia including all sub-districts within these state boundaries.
Suppliers are all private woodlots supplying Controlled material included in the company's own FSC Controlled Wood Due Diligence System. For all suppliers including third party private growers, detailed records are kept of supplying blocks and these are made available to FSC auditors.
Read the full public consultation document below.
The contact for stakeholder responses is:
Nat Landers Administration
Southern Pacific Fibre
E: info at spfibre.com point au
M: 0402 450 884
P: PO Box 675, Esperance WA 6450
Invitation to participate in stakeholder consultation: Timberlink Australia
16th May 2017: DNV GL has issued a certificate according to FSC® Controlled Wood (FSC-STD-40-005) to Timberlink Australia. The standard covers PURCHASE of timber that is not FSC certified. It does NOT cover forest owners but the organisations that buy timber.
DNVGL is conducting an FSC controlled wood (CW) evaluation audit for wood harvested from third party suppliers in South West Victoria and East South Australia. As part of the evaluation, DNVGL is seeking stakeholder input regarding the relevance, effectiveness and adequacy of the Timberlink Australia Due Diligence System (DDS) to avoid material that is controversial. A copy may be obtained from the DNVGL Contact named in the document below.
DNV GL Business Assurance will conduct the audit during the last week of June 2017. This invitation to participate in stakeholder consultation is about the forestry in general in the geographical area: South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania, Australia.
Evaluation of the South West Fibre Pty Ltd to FSC-STD-40-005 V3-0 Requirements for Sourcing FSC Controlled Wood
15th May 2017: As part of the evaluation to FSC-STD-40-005 V3-0 Requirements for Sourcing FSC
Controlled Wood, Global-Mark seeks stakeholder participation. Please supply your
comments by email to the contact listed in the letter attached.
South West Fibre Pty Ltd seeks Forest Stewardship Council [FSC] Chain of Custody [CoC] with Controlled Wood [CW] certification for their chip mill operations. Assessment will be against FSC-STD-40-005 V3-0. A copy of the standard is available from: https://ic.fsc/org/en/certification/requirements-guidance/normative-framework/standards
The audit will take place at the organisation’s office in Myamyn with field verification audits of a sample of Supply Units of the supply area in the week commencing Monday 26th June 2017.
Notification of Forico Pty Limited FSC Controlled Wood Verification Assessment
8th May 2016: Forico purchases plantation wood from third party suppliers throughout Tasmania. In accordance with the requirement of the FSC Controlled Wood standard (FSC-STD-40-005; V2-1), Forico carries out an Annex 3 verification program on all non-certified wood supply.
The Annex 3 process examines the measures applied to protect High Conservation Values (HCVs) known or likely to be present in forest areas where Forico has purchased wood. Field audits are conducted as part of the assessment process to assess compliance to key HCV criteria. To assist stakeholders to provide feedback, the Forico FSC Controlled Wood risk assessment, which includes a description of the Forico verification assessment program, is attached for reference.
Please provide feedback by the 16th June 2017, either:
- through written submissions: Address to the Certification and Compliance Manager, PO Box 5316, Launceston 7250;
- personal presentation to the Certification and Compliance Manager: 10 Techno Park Drive, Launceston;
- via email: firstname.lastname@example.org; or
- if you have any questions or require additional information, please contact the Certification and Compliance Manager: (03) 6335 5201.
- Stakeholders are also invited to contact FSC Australia to discuss the process and receive a copy of the relevant standard, contact info at au.fsc point org.
Timberland CW Consultation Notice
8th May 2017: Timberlink Australia Pty Ltd is a plantation pine sawmiller with mills at Bell Bay in Tasmania and Tarpeena in South Australia. We are conducting an assessment and verification process on supply as part of our program for controlled wood sources under FSC-STD-40-005.
A document describing our verification system is attached. Interested stakeholders should view this document and are invited to give comment/feedback by 20/06/2017. Written feedback should be sent to email@example.com; or stakeholders may arrange to make a personal presentation via the same email address or by calling 03 6380 2969. If you do wish to comment, please include whether you consent to your comments being made public (comments will be presented anonymously).
Stakeholders are also invited to contact FSC Australia to discuss the process and receive a copy of the relevant standard, contact info at au.fsc point org.
South West Fibre Pty Ltd – FSC-STD-40-005 V3-0 Stakeholder Consultations
1st May 2017: South West Fibre Pty Ltd is commencing stakeholder consultations regarding the management of high conservation values (HCV) associated with its plantation wood supply and procurement activities.
We invite stakeholders that are involved with or have an interest in forest activities associated with our wood supply to offer comment or feedback in relation to:
- High Conservation Values (HCV) identification and protection, including biodiversity, soil and water values, cultural and heritage values
- controlled wood verification processes,
- control measures applied to protect HCVs
A public briefing notice and links to relevant documentation is provided below. Stakeholders are invited to give comment/feedback by 15th June 2017. Stakeholders may complete the stakeholder consultation form attached. Feedback should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notification of intent to audit Norske Skog Paper Mills (Australia) Ltd against FSC Chain of Custody Controlled Wood standard FSC-STD-40-005 V3-0
26th April 2017: The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) requires that a certification body conducting an audit of a certified organization or applicant must consult stakeholders whenever the audit includes intent to source and use uncertified material in an FSC Chain of Custody (CoC) program according to the requirements in FSC-STD-40-005 V3-0 “Requirements for Sourcing FSC Controlled Wood”. Therefore, SCS Global Services (SCS) is seeking input from interested and directly affected stakeholders regarding the relevance, effectiveness, and/or adequacy of Norske Skog Paper Mills (Australia) Ltd Due Diligence System (DDS).
The audit will occur week commencing 29th of May 2017.
Notification of FSC® Controlled Wood Evaluation Audit of Visy Pulp & Paper Pty Ltd Tumut Mill
5th April 2017: Scientific Certification Systems Inc. t/a SCS Global Services (SCS) is conducting a Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) controlled wood (CW) evaluation audit of Visy Pulp & Paper Pty Ltd (Visy) (SCS-COC-003987) for wood harvested from third party softwood plantations in Central and South East New South Wales, ACT and North eastern Victoria. The audit will be conducted week commencing the 22nd of May 2017 at the company’s Paper mill in Tumut NSW and will include saw mills in the supply chain to Visy and plantation harvest locations located in the Braidwood, Tumbarumba and Bombala regions of NSW and ACT.
As part of the FSC certification evaluation, SCS is currently seeking stakeholder input regarding the relevance, effectiveness or adequacy of the Visy Due Diligence System (DDS) to avoid material from unacceptable sources.
For more information Download the Public Notification Letter below.
ForestSmart® Controlled Wood
31st March 2017: PF Olsen Australia is developing a new service offering for small forest owners. We are working through the process to obtain certification to the FSC Controlled Wood Standard for Forest Management Enterprises (FSC-STD-30-010 (V2-0) EN). This will allow us to facilitate the sale of wood from private landowners into markets requiring FSC® certification.
Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) will conduct an audit against the relevant standard soon.Certification verifies that PF Olsen Australia has the processes to avoid:
- Harvesting illegal wood;
- Harvesting in violation of traditional and civil rights;
- Harvesting in forests in which high conservation values are threatened by harvesting activities;
- Harvesting wood from areas converted from natural forests and other wooded ecosystems to plantations;
- Harvesting wood from forests in which genetically modified trees are planted
As part of the verification, SCS has asked us for a list of stakeholders interested in our operations. Please email email@example.com with the subject “Controlled Wood enquiry” if you would like SCS to contact you or would like someone from PF Olsen Australia to contact you with further information about this new service.
Invitation to stakeholder consultation about the forestry in the Tasmanian region
22nd March 2017: DNV GL has issued a certificate according to FSC Controlled Wood (FSC-STD-40-005) to Forico. Thestandard covers PURCHASE of timber that is not FSC certified. It does NOT cover forest owners but theorganizations that buy timber.DNV GL Business Assurance will conduct the audit during the first week of May 2017.We need to get your comments at least 3 weeks before the start of the audit. This invitation toconsultation is about the forestry in general in the geographical area: Tasmania, Australia.
DNV GL Business Assurance wishes to get your comments on the forestry sector in this region, for some specific issues, see the questions below. Please see the document attached.