Our Commitment to Sustainable Forestry
Amos Wood is Forest Stewardship Council certified by the Rainforest Alliance. By holding a Chain of Custody Certification, we are able to provide a homeowner or a LEED project with FSC certified products. This means our product is tied to the global standards of forest practices set by the Forest Stewardship Council. In a nutshell, FSC has social, environmental and economic values of the forest in balance through forest practice standards. Here in the Maritimes, the FSC standard of forest practice is specific to the Acadian Forest ~ the forest covering most of Nova Scotia, PEI, and NB. The Acadian Forest is a long lived, species diverse forest. The main tree species include Eastern Hemlock, Eastern White Pine, Red Spruce, Tamarack, Hard and Soft Maple, Yellow Birch, Red Oak, White Ash, and Aspen. This wonderfully complex forest ecosystem is described well at www.macphailwoods.org, follow the Navigation Bar to Acadian Forest. Jeff and his wife Jacquelyn have 395 acres of forest under FSC Management Plans in Lunenburg County. Jeff was chair of the FSC Maritimes from 2000-2007. During this time the Maritimes Forest Standard was completed for the first time and underwent its first 5 year review. They are members of the Acadian Forest Keepers. A good review and insight to private woodlot management is available on www.forestkeeping.com.
The Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior. Forestry businesses that are FSC certified by Rainforest Alliance may use the Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal.
We believe that the best way to keep forests standing is by ensuring that it is profitable for businesses and communities to do so. That means helping farmers, forest managers and tourism businesses realize greater economic benefits by ensuring ecosystems within and around their operations are protected, and that their workers are well-trained and enjoy safe conditions, proper sanitation, health care and housing. Once businesses meet certain environmental and social standards, we link them up to the global marketplace where demand for sustainable goods and services is on the rise.