True sustainability in regards to timber can mean a lot of things – no clear felling, appropriate replanting, not harming communities or the environment and the list goes on. As a result, it’s not always easy to ensure you are using truly sustainable timber.
There are, though, various timber certifications around the globe that adhere to many of the major concepts of sustainability, and ones that are generally accepted as the best. In New Zealand, that is commonly the Forest Stewardship Council certification or FSC. In Australia and North America, the favoured certification is the Programme Endorsement of Forest Certification scheme (PEFC), which amounts to a very similar set of requirements to the FSC certification. PEFC Timbers are also recognised in NZ equally as FSC.
“’Sustainable’ has taken on a lot of meanings and encompasses a wide range of things,” JSC Timber‘s Johnny Dobbyn says. “All the certifications look at how the use of timber and plantations affects the land, the environment, communities, and ensures suitable forest management for future generations.”