Certification pour propriétaires de lots boisés

Falls Brook Centre (FBC) est un centre de démonstration de développement communautaire à caractère environnemental, à but non lucratif et ayant le statut d'oeuvre de charité. Situé au Nouveau-
Brunswick sur une ferme de 200 acres de terres et de forêts, FBC démontre l'utilisation et la mise en oeuvre pratique du développement durable.

Les visiteurs y viennent sur une base régulière pour y voir les démonstrations et les utilisations de technologies appropriées telle l'énergie solaire et éolienne, l'agriculture biologique, le compostage et le recyclage, sans oublier les quelques 7 km de sentiers très bien aménagés en forêt, ainsi que le musée de la forêt.

Les visiteurs et les groupes scolaires viennent au centre durant toute l'année afin de participer à des ateliers dans le centre des conférences et pour y examiner les différentes aires de démonstration. 

Falls Brook Centre s'efforce actuellement d'encourager des pratiques de foresterie durable à travers la province et le monde grâce au programme de certification du Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). FBC tente de développer des types de certification de groupes pour les Maritimes. 

La certification FSC est un investissement à long terme pour des forêts et des communautés saines et qui vise à obtenir des avantages commerciaux pour les propriétaires de lots boisés, qui contribue à faire reconnaître les bonnes pratiques d'aménagement et qui aide à promouvoir une foresterie durable à travers les Maritimes.

       

Focusing on Forest
Certification for Woodlot Owners


Caitlyn Vernont
Falls Brook Centre
April 2001

 

alls Brook Centre (FBC) is a non-profit, charitable, environmentally- focused community development demonstration centre in New Brunswick.


(photo: Falls Brook Centre)


Located on 200 acres of farm and forest land, FBC demonstrates the practical application and implementation of sustainable development. Appropriate technology applications of solar energy, organic agriculture, composting, and recycling models, as well as 7 km of fully marked forest trails and a forest museum, bring visitors on a regular basis. 

Visitors and school groups come to the centre throughout the year to attend workshops in the conference centre and to walk around the various demonstration sites. Founded in 1990, FBC is located in the community of South Knowlesville, in the midst of the Acadian forest ecosystem of the Upper St. John River valley.


(photo: Falls Brook Centre)

FBC is evolving as a place where theory and practice, local and global, can come together and build a sustainable future. We see forestry as an integral component of this future and are working to encourage sustainable forestry practices throughout the province and the world. 

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international organization that enables the public to vote for good forest management through the choice of where they spend their purchasing dollars. The process of certification involves an independent, third-party assessment to determine compliance of forestry practices with the standards. Once certified, woodlot owners can market their products with the FSC logo, giving consumers the option to purchase products from well-managed forests. A system of Chain of Custody certification tracks the wood from the forest to the consumer, providing the purchaser with the guarantee that the wood product does indeed come from an FSC-certified forest.

Using as a basis the international principles and criteria of the FSC, a Maritime working committee was formed to develop regional standards for certification. The FSC is based on a democratic membership structure that ensures representation from all sectors, and so the Maritime regional committee brought together representatives from the social, First Nations, environmental and economic sectors. The emphasis on socially beneficial forest management, to ensure that the benefits of the forest practices are accrued to the local people, is a strength of the FSC that other certification bodies are lacking.


(photo: Falls Brook Centre)

A set of regional standards describing what would qualify for FSC certification in the Maritimes were endorsed in January 2000. The task is now to implement these standards and certify forests in the Maritimes, in order to assist practitioners of sustainable forestry and promote their products to the public. However, the costs of certification present a big challenge to small woodlot owners. To assist with the initial costs of becoming certified, here at the Falls Brook Centre we are working on developing forms of group certification for the Maritimes. By coming together in groups, woodlot owners can share the costs of certification while maintaining all the benefits. A number of different models for group certification exist, in which the differences are mostly dependent on: group structure, the balance of who in the group does the management planning, and who is responsible for monitoring group members to ensure compliance with the FSC standards. We are starting the process of forming a group in Carleton County, in anticipation that our experiences here can then be shared with woodlot owners across the province.


(photo: Falls Brook Centre)

FSC certification is a long-term investment in healthy forests and healthy communities that is intended to reap market benefits to the woodlot owners, enhance recognition of good management practices, and help to promote sustainable forestry throughout the Maritimes. Although the benefits of practicing sustainable forestry have been shown to be both economically and environmentally viable, over both the short and long term, there are currently no incentives in support of these practices. Certification can provide this incentive.

For more information contact :

Caitlyn Vernon
at the Falls Brook Centre
125 South Knowlesville Road
Knowlesville, NB    E7L 1B1
Ph: (506) 375-8143
Fax: (506) 375-4221
Email: fbc@nbnet.nb.ca  http://www.fallsbrookcentre.ca