FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 6, 2016
GREENVILLE, Maine—The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has awarded its coveted FSC certification to the Appalachian Mountain Club’s (AMC’s) forest management on its 70,000 acres of Maine woodlands in the 100-Mile Wilderness region.
Certification verifies AMC’s conformance with 10 principles and 56 criteria addressing the ecological, economic, and social aspects of forest management.
FSC is the global leader in forest management certification, and the certification recognizes that wood harvested on AMC’s land came from well-managed forests and the organization’s forest management practices conform to FSC’s stringent management standards.
AMC manages 70,000 acres of permanently protected forestland in Maine’s 100-Mile Wilderness region as part of its Maine Woods Initiative (MWI). Wood harvested on AMC land now can be sold as FSC-certified, a signal to buyers that this wood was responsibly grown and harvested. Local logging crews are contracted to supply local mills as part of AMC’s goal of supporting communities in the region.
AMC achieved its certification by joining The Nature Conservancy’s group certificate, which allows multiple landowners to be included in a single certificate under a group manager. TNC’s certificate includes nearly 350,000 acres of TNC- and partner-owned properties in seven states from Maine to Minnesota to Virginia. In Maine, the group includes AMC land and TNC’s 160,000-acre St. John River property.
“Forest Stewardship Council certification has been a major goal since the inception of AMC’s Maine Woods Initiative in 2003,” said AMC Senior Staff Scientist Dave Publicover. “We are pleased to have documented our conformance with FSC’s standards.”
Huber Resources Corp. played an important role in AMC’s certification, particularly field forester Ted Shina. Huber has provided forest management consulting services since AMC bought its first forest property in Maine in 2003, providing expertise and guidance on forest management planning and overseeing all timber harvesting operations.
Over the past year Publicover, AMC’s MWI Lands Manager Steve Tatko, Shina, and Huber Operations Manager Kenny Fergusson worked with Fran Price, TNC’s director of forest certification programs, to develop the documentation demonstrating AMC’s conformance with FSC criteria. In October, a three-day, independent, third-party field audit was conducted by the Rainforest Alliance, which determined that AMC’s forestry operations were consistent with its stated plans and FSC standards.
Such activities as timber harvesting, environmental protection, bridge construction, and road maintenance were considered.
“We received extensive compliments on the quality of our operations and the knowledge and qualifications of our management team,” Publicover said of the audit process. “We’re proud to know that wood harvested from our property is now eligible to be included in certified wood products displaying the FSC logo.”
Founded in 1876, the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) promotes the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of America’s Northeast. AMC helps people of all ages and abilities to explore and develop a deep appreciation of the natural world. With chapters from Maine to Washington, D.C., guidebooks and maps, and unique lodges and huts, AMC helps people get outdoors on their own, with family and friends, and through activities close to home and beyond. We invite the public to support our conservation advocacy and research, youth programming, and care of 1,800 miles of trails. More information is available at www.outdoors.org.
The Nature Conservancy is a science-based international, nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. We work in all 50 states and in 31 countries and are supported by more than one million members. The Conservancy has been working in Maine for some 58 years and is the 12th largest landowner in the state, owning and managing some 280,000 acres. All of our land is open to the public for a wide variety of public access opportunities including hiking, hunting, and fishing. We also work across the state to restore rivers and streams to support healthy fish populations important to sport fishermen and with commercial fishermen in the Gulf of Maine to rebuild groundfish populations.
Family-owned Huber Resources Corp. manages 600,000 acres of timberlands for third-party landowners, as well as Huber’s own forestland. Responsible stewardship of the environment is essential to every aspect of Huber Resources. Strategic harvesting methods are designed to sustain or even improve watersheds and wildlife habitats.