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Branchline, November 11, 2013

 

FSC Update – your chance to get involved

I’m writing to let you know that Forestry Tasmania has reached some significant milestones on our journey towards assessment for Forest Stewardship Council® certification.

As one of our stakeholders, you are invited to be part of that journey. I’ve included some details in this email let you know how you can become involved.

FT will seek the highest standard of FSC certification.

You may be aware that FSC has a number of certification requirements. We have decided to seek the highest level of certification for the forests under our management control.

We realise this will be challenging, but it’s also an opportunity. We want to build relationships with our stakeholders, and provide our customers with a choice of certification labels. FSC certification will help us reach these goals.

Certification Body appointed

Internationally accredited certifying body SCS Global Services (SCS) will assess our compliance with the FSC standards. They will be conducting a pre-assessment audit in April 2014, and a full audit later in the year.

How can you get involved?

The certifying body will independently provide opportunities for you to have your say during both of these audits. FT will also offer the opportunity for stakeholder involvement as we develop the High Conservation Value Management Plan and the new Forest Management Plan that we are required to develop under the FSC standard. Please register as a stakeholder to ensure you can be contacted for your input.

Senior appointments

We have recruited some specialist expertise to help drive our FSC and stakeholder engagement projects and to re-energise our commercial operations. I’m pleased to welcome Suzette Weeding, James Shevlin and Jason Garrett to our team.

Reminder – stakeholder survey

A reminder that our stakeholder survey closes in 10 days. There has been plenty of interest, but if you have not already done so, please let us know how we can improve our relationship with you. If you would like to talk to someone about stakeholder engagement, please call Dion McKenzie on 6235 8151.


Until next time,
Steve Whiteley


Chief Executive Officer
Forestry Tasmania

 

 

 


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