Forestry Project Manager Orrin Quinn was busy in 2009, adding 12 new BC businesses to Ecotrust Canada’s FSC®Chain-of-Custody Certification Group.

Orrin can often be found in his Subaru Outback, travelling from business to business up and down Vancouver Island, through the Lower Mainland, and making forays into the Interior. FSC® or Forest Stewardship Council® certification is a globally recognized, market-based system that is the “gold standard” for ecoforestry. Becoming certified gives businesses access to the ecoforestry market and growing numbers of eco-conscious consumers.

Orrin visits each business more than once to become familiar with their operations and to guide them through all the certification steps, from training to audits to using FSC® trademarks, and making market connections to sell FSC® certified products. Members of Ecotrust Canada’s certification group are small- to medium-sized wood processors and distributors. As members of Ecotrust Canada’s FSC® C-o-C Group, they see a significant cost savings (an average 50% less) of the cost of certification.

2009’s members include trailblazers such as Brian Moore Log Homes, the first log home builder in British Columbia to receive an FSC® chain-of-custody certificate, and “old hats” to FSC® like West Wind Hardwood, who was already certified but who joined Ecotrust Canada’s group because of the lower cost.

Ecotrust Canada was also recognized in 2009 “for showing leadership and making a lasting contribution to conserving the world’s forests through their commitment to FSC®” by the World Wildlife Federation, David Suzuki Foundation, Canadian Boreal Initiative, and Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society.

For a complete list of all members of Ecotrust Canada’s FSC® Chain-of-Custody Certification Group, click here.