Forest certification in Canada: Trends and turbulence

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There are some unusual things going on in forest certification. The trend lines are heading in different directions. Figure 1 shows 2000 to 2015 year-end trend lines for the three certification programs used in Canada. The CSA Standard, developed specifically for use in Canada’s publicly owned forests, was an early leader but lost popularity starting in 2008 and has now dropped into third place with about 41 million hectares (ha) – mainly in Western Canada. It is also used by Corner Brook P&P in Newfoundland and Labrador and the Algonquin Forest Authority in Ontario. SFI has shown steady growth since its introduction in 2000. SFI is now the leader with 88 million ha of forestland certified to the requirements of the SFI Program.

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