The Forest Stewardship Council of Australia recently advised VicForests that it cannot currently be a member until it is FSC certified.
The Council has stated that it will welcome an application from VicForests when it could satisfy the current membership requirement and has strongly urged VicForests to continue its pursuit of the Controlled Wood Standard.
The Council’s advice does not affect VicForests’ commitment to achieving the FSC’s Controlled Wood Standard and has not been influenced by the current continuing audit process.
The Controlled Wood Standard is considered by VicForests to be an important step in achieving full forest certification through FSC.
VicForests is already certified by the Responsible Wood Standard which is the largest such system in the world, and it has maintained this status since 2007.