More than one organization wants to put its ecological stamp of approval on wood products from B.C. and around the world. The battle is fierce between more stringent outfits like the Forest Stewardship Council and the U.S. timber industry-backed Sustainable Forestry Initiative. What are the competing standards? Which approach is gaining traction? And at a moment when the timber industry is hard hit in B.C., what are the prospects for making this province home to truly sustainable forestry harvest practices? The Tyee explores the war over eco-certified wood in this multi-part series.
In This Series
When it comes to buying nature-friendly wood, two stamps of approval vie, with vast forests at stake. Which will win out? Big timber firms back the one critics call greenwashing. A Tyee special report.
BC timber firms are slow to seek FSC certification, but Great Bear Rainforest may change that. Photo: Gerry George.
Demand for eco-certified wood is growing worldwide. Small-scale foresters want in, but need to be creative.
New LEED rules poised to remake market for environmental forest products, Canadian timber. First of five parts this week.
ForestEthics charges that SFI's 'vague' standards mislead consumers. Second of five parts this week.
Can an industry-created nonprofit meet test for a public-interest charity?
Corporate group says US Green Building Council and eco-certifier FSC keep too much North American timber out of green market. Fourth in a series of five this week.
Some critics say LEED's pending new rules could do just that. As the decision nears, the debate between competing eco-certifiers is nervous and angry. Last of five this week.
In Canada's vast north woods, a cease-fire in the war over certified timber.