Stewardship Council certification for nearly one million hectares of forest compliments the conservation plan in the Great Bear Rainforest; largest certification of its kind on BC's coast. The certification was granted to the Canadian companies Western Forest Products, Interfor and BC Timber Sales.
In 2006, a groundbreaking land management system was announced that, when fully implemented, will protect the ecology of the entire Great Bear Rainforest through a series of protected areas and more restrictive logging practices. All governments and stakeholders have committed to meeting that goal by 2014.
FSC certification means there is a commitment to continuous improvement of management planning and practices, a commitment that is consistent with the additional work to be done between the companies, environmental groups, provincial and First Nations governments over the next four years to ensure the ecological integrity of the Great Bear Rainforest said Jens Wieting of Sierra Club of BC.