Forest Stewardship Council
An annual surveillance audit in October 2015 found that Canfor’s East Kootenay operations met the requirements of the Forest Stewardship Council’s BC Standard. The FSC Certificate is renewed every five years and is subject to renewal in 2019. The audit report presented the findings of an independent team of specialists, based on office and field reviews and interviews with key stakeholders.
The team viewed areas with active logging and water crossings, and sites with a range of values. They notified community, tourism and environmental stakeholders, unions, municipalities and all Aboriginal communities with a known interest in the forest. The audit noted that several stakeholders had commended Canfor staff on their outreach, and their willingness and responsiveness to work with stakeholders throughout planning.
The 2015 surveillance audit found Canfor had addressed all non-conformances identified in the 2014 full re-assessment audit, and it identified two new minor non-conformances related to the quality of two decommissioned culverts and the need to update a 2008 assessment related to cultural high conservation value forests (CCVF).