The more we work together at the local level and with our global partners, like ATFS
and PEFC, we can help connect the dots between landowners, brand owners and customers around the world who are looking for integrated, sustainable, supply chains," said Kathy Abusow, President and CEO of SFI Inc.
The Green Globes rating system recognizes ATFS
, FSC and SFI timber equally and represents a more common-sense approach to the issue.
In exchange for meeting these standards, the organization provided timberland owners an insignia that signified that the land was maintained according to the ATFS
Plum Creek is proud to recognize ATFS
, SFI and other credible forest certification standards and to unite with other forest products companies to advocate for the growth of certification standards like ATFS
and SFI," said Lindquist.
The 2,500 families who manage Arkansas' ATFS
forests would lose significant business.
In addition to the letter from a bipartisan group of congressmen, USGBC received a petition with nearly 6,000 signatories calling for LEED recognition of all "wood and paper products certified to independent, respected and credible standards including SFI, ATFS
, CSA, FSC and PEFC.
The Congressmen urged USGBC to also recognize SFI, PEFC, CSA, ATFS
and other "creditable" certification systems.
focuses on private family forest landowners in the United States.
The partnership will begin with a pilot project focused on increasing the number of third-party certified forestlands in Maine under two credible systems, SFI and ATFS
The five South Carolina state forests underwent a simultaneous independent audit to certify to both the ATFS
and SFI standards and Clemson University Forests, which have been ATFS
certified since 1987, became SFI certified.
The sooner USGBC recognizes SFI and ATFS
Certification of tree farms under the ATFS
is overseen by the American Forest Foundation, which requires farms to meet its Standards of Sustainability for Forest Certification to become a Certified Tree Farm.