The Eco-Logging Lie

In recent years, a number of respected environmental organisations have cancelled their support for FSC. These include FERN (2011), Friends of the Earth UK (2008), ROBINWOOD (2009), the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC Sweden) (2011), and smaller groups such as Rainforest Rescue and the Association for the Ecological Defence of Galicia. For more information see the Criticism section of Wikipedia and to keep up to date with the latest concerns see FSC Watch.

Toyne, Toyne. Toyne again

Friday, July 30, 2004

Another ex-ACF President, Philip Toyne, has moved on from being a consultant to the industry to becoming a board member of Australia's second-largest sawmilling and plantation company.

Toyne's past employer, Neville Smiths Timber at Heyfield in Gippsland, paid him for two years to sell their native forest wood as eco-friendly and convince government officials with helicopter joy rides that all was hunky dory down below. NST has now been merged with Integrated Tree Cropping (ITC), a large plantation company based in WA with operations in Victoria.

Ministers launch rubber stamp - "Australian Forestry Standard"

Friday, April 4, 2003

State and commonwealth ministers were lured in to launch a new "Australian Forestry Standard" (AFS) rubber stamp last October. The stamp certifies plundered native forest products. The tick of approval tries to reassure buyers that their timber is environmentally ticketty - boo.

No logging operation anywhere will have to change its plunderous ways to get this tick either. It will approve logging old growth forests and rainforests, endangered species habitat, logging that causes soil erosion, stream turbidity and weed invasion.