President & CEO, Coast Forest Products Association
Coast Forest Products Association congratulates International Forest Products Limited (Interfor) for the positive audit results the company received recently. The Forest Practices Board, BC’s independent watchdog for sound forest practices conducted the extensive audit on Interfor and found good practices.
According to the report, Interfor has diligently applied the planning and operational requirements which meet ecosystem-based management of the (EBM) since 2004. EBM provides a framework for ensuring the co-existence of both healthy functioning ecosystems and human communities and achieving this is no small feat. Interfor’s Coastal Woodlands Manager Ralph Friedrich stated, “We are operating in one the most geographically difficult areas of the province, and under some of the most stringent forest requirements in the world.”
Today’s audit report by the Forestry Practices Board lends further evidence of the positive steps that coastal forest companies have taken over the years. These steps have resulted in the creation of the modern industry we see today, one committed to improving sustainability and forest stewardship all the while maintaining the ability to stay competitive in the domestic and global markets.