Beginner's Guide to Third-Party Forest Certification: CSA

Lead Author: Kathryn Fernholz

Publish date: 01.18.2005

 

Shining a Light on the Canadian Standards Association(CSA)

 

Forest certification began about a decade ago. Since that time, a number of players have become involved in development of certification programs. The resulting variety of approaches and diversity of standards can be interesting, but also confusing and frustrating at times, especially for businesses interested in certifying forests and participating in certified wood markets. Since September 2004, the Dovetail Reports have explored the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), American Tree Farm System (ATFS), and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes (PEFC). This report explores the Canadian Standards Association’s Sustainable Forest Management Standard (CAN/CSA-Z809) and offers information about its origins, performance standards, labeling program, and adoption.