Forest Certification

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Sustainable Forestry Initiative   PEFC-endorsed Canadian Standards Association

 

Spray Lake Sawmills’ commitment to sustainable forestry is third party certified under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) Forest Management Standard which is endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFCTM).

The SFI program is a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization with almost 1,300 government and NGO members and more than 16,000 volunteer experts in 161 countries.

PEFC, with more than 300 million hectares of certified forests, is the world’s largest non-profit,
non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting Sustainable Forest Management. SFI makes up close to 40% of PEFC globally.

Spray Lake Sawmills  have been internationally certified since 2013.

2017 SFI Audit Report Highlights:

Notable Practices:

 NP 1 : Spray Lake Sawmills undertakes it’s forest management activities to a superior level. This can be seen in many of its day-to-day activities, such as:

  • Exceeding regulatory requirements in the protection of sacred First Nations sites (PM 6.1 Ind. 2).
  • Using bridges and box culverts where a simple culvert could be used. This eliminates stream channel and bed disturbance and provides for easy removal (PM 3.2, Ind. 3).
  • The protection of both formal and informal recreation trails across the forest. On block 2358 an informal trail was re-established after operations were completed. (PM 5.1 Ind. 2).
  • The Company often exceeds both the regulatory and certification forest management requirements through its sustainable forestry program.

To read the Bureau Veritas 2017 SFI audit report please visit:

http://www.sfiprogram.org/audit-reports/spray-lake-sawmills-ltd-september-2017/

2016 SFI Audit Report Highlights:

12 water crossings were observed, all were functioning and sound

Two road decommissioning jobs were visited where full road removal was being undertaken and the land restored to its natural drainage

SLS maintains a comprehensive program to conserve biological diversity at both the stand and landscape scales, through planning, implementation, and monitoring

Site inspections confirmed that SLS contractors retained snags and living wildlife trees on all harvested areas

The Company replants and monitors regeneration on 100% of its blocks

To read the Bureau Veritas 2016 SFI audit report please visit:

2016 SFI Audit Report

2015 SFI Audit Report Highlights:

SLS maintains a comprehensive program to conserve biological diversity at both the stand and landscape scales, through planning, implementation, and monitoring

Auditors witnessed an active program of public participation

Stream crossings were particularly well done

Field visits confirm an active roads removal program that returns the landscape to original slopes and renders in-block roads effectively inaccessible

The roads rehabilitation program is amongst the most effective the audit team has witnessed anywhere

Harvest operations are well done, with good residual structure and downed woody debris evident in all blocks

It replants and monitors regeneration on 100% of its blocks

No herbicide use
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2015 FSC Audit Report Highlights:

On many levels, performance observed was exemplary

The Company’s Detailed Forest Management Plan is comprehensive

100% of its harvest sites are planted

Stream crossings are well done

The Company strives to maintain a high level of care for trails

Many opportunities are provided for public involvement and public participation

To read the Bureau Veritas 2015 FSC audit report please visit:

http://www.spraylakesawmills.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/2015-BV-FSC-Audit-Report.pdf

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2014 FSC Audit Report Highlights:

Extensive public consultation is provided

Trails are well protected

Riparian buffers and stream crossings are very well done

Worked with ENGO to restore fish habitat

Reclamation is quick and effective, roads disappear

Exceedingly high standards of forest management

No negative findings

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