VANCOUVER, Nov. 9, 2011 /CNW/ - Taan Forest has successfully achieved
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification for all of its forestry
and harvesting operations on Haida Gwaii, BC.
Taan Forest, a subsidiary of Haida Enterprise Corporation (HaiCo),
completed a series of assessments and reports over the last year led by
the Rainforest Alliance's SmartWood program. The areas covered under
FSC certification include Tree Farm Licence 60 and the Haida Woodlands
Tenure on Moresby and Graham Islands, representing a total area of
358,100 hectares with an annual harvest of 520,000m3.
"Taan Forest has been on the leading edge of sustainable harvesting and
forestry practices with its new approaches that meet the stringent
objectives of the Haida Gwaii Strategic Land Use Agreement," said Bob
Brash, President of Taan Forest. "The Haida Nation's special
relationship with their forests and environment is well known. We are
extremely pleased that stringent independent audits under the world's
preeminent Forest Stewardship Council standards confirmed as such."
"Taan Forest was able to achieve FSC certification in just 11 months,
illustrating its strong commitment to adopting the highest social and
environmental standards," said Krista West, Forest Management
Coordinator at the Rainforest Alliance. "This achievement sets a
shining example to the forestry community in BC and Canada,
demonstrating that FSC certification is within practical reach."
"This investment by the Haida people in achieving FSC Certification is a
big step forward for Taan Forest," continued Brash. "We can now
leverage some of the world's best tree growing lands and renowned wood
products together with FSC certification to provide our customers with
the real assurances they need to confirm their products come from
sustainably managed sources."
"This achievement by Taan Forest is part of the overall strategic plan
of HaiCo and the Haida Nation to set the foundation for real business
opportunities and real growth to create long term benefits for Haida
Gwaii," said Thomas Olsen, Managing Director of HaiCo. "FSC
certification will allow local businesses to create the products
demanded globally by increasingly environmentally conscious businesses
"Change starts with us and the way we approach forestry," said Guujaaw,
President of the Haida Nation. "We know that we can maintain our
culture, respect nature, and still derive a livelihood from the
SOURCE Taan Forest
For further information:
Bob Brash- President, Taan Forest 778-386-7759