A new video about the Strzezlicki Ranges in Victoria, Australia reveals that FSC is failing to uphold its own standards, allowing destructive logging and conversion of native forest to exotic plantations.
Hancock has appeared several times in the past on FSC-Watch:
- March 2007: FSC Certified operations fast losing credibility in Australia
- January 2008: Hancock Victoria Plantations, Australia: SmartWood continues to discredit FSC
- May 2008: FSC in Australia: Hancock rips off rainforest deal
- February 2009: FSC, Hancock and Smartwood Selling Out the Gippsland Environment
Yet Smartwood, FSC’s certifying body has in effect turned a blind eye. Anthony Amis of Friends of the Earth Victoria explains the problem in the video:
So, basically, Hancock have come into this site and there’s numerous large stumps, so they take out what they claim to be planted mountain ash. They also take out the remnant native ash in a lot of instances. And to rub insult to injury they then plant shining gum, which is not an indigenous species to the Strzezlecki. So we’re converting mountain ash reforestation-slash-native forest into shining gum plantations.
Under FSC rules, the conversion of plantations from native forests – if you do that, you don’t qualify for FSC if that conversion happened after 1994. Yet in the Strzezleckis, the company’s been doing it since their certification happened and FSC has done nothing….
What you’re looking at here is not retention of native forest, you’re looking at conversion of native forest into plantations under the umbrella of FSC certification.