The CSA SFM User Group will be at this upcoming trade show and conference:
AIA Expo 2010 - June 10-12, 2010 - Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami, Florida
Wishing everyone a warm and joyous Christmas surrounded by family and friends.
Out and About
The CSA SFM User Group was kept busy with conferences and trade shows in October and November. The User Group or partner organization PEFC Canada staffed booths at Print in the Mix, Graphics Canada and Greenbuild.
Print in the Mix is a major conference and trade show for Canadian print buyers held in
Toronto. At this event we also participated in the conference’s panel discussion
entitled The Sustainable Paper Trail: From Mill to Mailbox.
The Graphics Canada trade show in Toronto is Canada’s largest and longest running graphic communications and printing show. It is attended primarily by commercial printers and graphic designers and is an opportunity to provide attendees with information about PEFC Chain of Custody and PEFC- certified suppliers.
The US Green Building Council's Greenbuild trade show was held in Phoenix, Arizona where attendance exceeded 27,000 people. Architects and builders visiting the booth often voiced their frustration with USGBC's LEED building rating system that presently excludes CSA certification.
CSA User Group Chairman's Award
The User Group has asked member companies to canvas the more than 50 public advisory groups across Canada who spend countless hours designing and improving field performance measures for sustainable forest management plans. Public participation is a cornerstone requirement of the CSA SFM Standard and the Chairman's award is a way of recognizing their efforts. You will hear more on the award in an upcoming newsletter.
Woodlot Certification in Nova Scotia
The Federation of Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners is currently offering woodlot certification for woodlot owners throughout Nova Scotia. Woodlot owners willing to manage eligible woodlots in conformance with the CSA Z804 standard “Sustainable Forest Management for Woodlots and other Small Area Forests” are getting help from qualified forest technolgists or foresters in the development of a woodlot management plan that meets the Standard. Their woodlot is then managed according to the objectives and recommendations in the Woodlot Management Plan and becomes part of the Federation’s group certificate, subject to third party audits.
This is a three year program running until November 2011. Funding for the program originated from the federal Community Development Trust Fund and is being distributed through the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources. Forest certification of small-private woodlots is a relatively new concept in Nova Scotia and after the three-year funding program ends, will depend on support from government and industry to keep it economically feasible.
The Federation of Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners has received a letter of support for the program from New Page in Port Hawkesbury. New Page has agreed to pay $2/tonne (approximately $60/load) for pulp wood delivered by a member of the Small-Private Woodlot Certification Program, into a trust fund to help the Federation cover the costs of maintaining the program. New Page will also give purchasing preference to pulp wood from certified woodlots.