The FSC in pictures

It is customary in many organisations to give out-going staff a photo-album showing the person’s accomplishments, for them to cherish in future years. We can’t do that for Heiko Liedeker, who is finally departing as FSC Executive Director, but what we would like to do with this posting is to show some of what has gone so badly wrong in the past – and what we expect the new Executive Director to put right.

We invite our readers to submit any other photographs that they would like to contribute!

Click on the image for an even clearer picture of what FSC has certified.


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FSC certified monocultures and clearcuts – Sappi, Swaziland

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‘Environmentally acceptable’ something or other (but no forests), Ireland

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‘Forest Contamination Council’ warning posters deployed around FSC certified plantations in Ireland which are still using ‘FSC-banned’ alpha-cypermethrin, without a derogation from FSC

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Visible from space (though Soil Association WoodMark couldn’t see them): clearcuts, Ireland

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FSC certified desolation, South Africa

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Certified outdoor fibre factory, Brazil

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FSC certified enhancement of biodiversity, South Africa

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FSC-certified Savoy public ex-forests, Massachusetts, USA (courtesy of Clearcutting Massachusetts’ Public Forests)

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Visible from space: FSC-certified clear-cuts, Savoy state forest, Massachusetts, USA (courtesy of Clearcutting Massachusetts’ Public Forests)

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FSC-certfied Coillte, Ireland, gets all the nasty exotic trees out of the way (so they can plant some more nasty exotic trees).

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FSC certified sustainable clear-cuts, Canada

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FSC-certified clear-cuts, Ireland

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Soil Association-certified “improvement of soil structure” (in accordance with Principle 10), Ireland

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FSC-certified “improvement of biological activity” (in accordance with Principle 10), Ireland

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FSC-certified old growth high-graded cedar logs, Clayoquot Sound, British Columbia

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FSC-certified ‘just a little bit of damage to temperate rainforest’, Victoria, Australia (courtesy ofHancock Watch)

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FSC-certfied “enhancement of watersheds” (in accordance with Principle 5), Slovakia

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Visible from space: FSC-certfied clearcuts, Canada

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Ex-certified ex-forest, Maine, USA

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Bye-bye, Heiko. Well done!

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