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April 24, 2012

Winchester, Va.-based Annandale Millwork and Allied Systems received Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody certification.

“We are very proud and excited to have been awarded this certification,” said Gene L. Frogale, Annandale Millwork and Allied Systems co-president. “Our customers will benefit from this knowing we are a trusted resource in obtaining the supplies they need for their environmentally sustainable projects. Overall, we are helping to preserve the world that we live in and we are making a difference for future generations.”

March 7, 2012

SFI Inc., the non-profit organization that oversees the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) program, has issued a statement criticizing the third and latest draft of LEED 2012 for only issuing LEED points or credits for certified wood that is “FSC or better.”

SFI maintains that the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), which administers the LEED program, continues to put up artificial barriers, shutting out 75% of North America’s forests that are certified by programs other than the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

December 8, 2011

Maine Governor Paul LePage has decreed that equal recognition be given to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Standard (SFI), Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), American Tree Farm System, and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification systems when incorporating green building standards into any new or expanded state buildings.

June 7, 2011

On the value of FSC certification


“It is pay to play. Consumers have bought into the deal. If you fill out forms, pay fees to an offshore entity in Europe, you are good to go.”
 — Todd Wilfong 
M4L Inc.
 Hershey, Pa.



“I do not know of any customers asking about any wood certification of any kind. If selling FSC lumber were the only way that I could sell lumber, I’d switch to plastic!” 
 — Seth Arluck
 New Hampton Lumber Co.


May 2, 2011

ForestEthics, a hard-hitting environmental group that is running a campaign to protect endangered forests, has kept the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) organization in its crosshairs for the last several years. The forest industry’s largest certification program for wood products even has its own tab on the ForestEthics Web page: Viewers can click on “Stop SFI GreenWash” and read a critique of the group’s certification process, its membership, its nonprofit status and even its logo.


April 25, 2011

After ProBuild advanced its FSC-certified lumberyard count to 59, HCN solicited comments on the FSC certification in general. Here's what we heard.

April 21, 2011

ProBuild Holdings announced that 59 of its facilities nationwide have received Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody Certification. This certification enables these locations to sell FSC-certified materials. 

January 10, 2011

Throughout the downturn of the last four years or so we have seen the lumber and building materials industry shrink dramatically. Some estimates of sales shrinkage at the dealer level put it beyond 50%. In some markets, that estimate is absurdly low. There is no denying that everyone in all segments and steps in the chain is battered. Unfortunately, even the homeowner/consumer is somewhat damaged as well. 


December 21, 2010

The following letter is a response to "iLevel promotes an easy eco-labeling option with SFI." 

December 13, 2010

CraftMaster molded door designs and full line of solid core CraftMaster Green Doors have been certified by Scientific Certification Services (SCS) to contain a minimum of 70% pre-consumer recycled wood content.

CMI uses sawmill chips generated as residual waste from sawmill operations and field chips to make CraftMaster door designs, which are used to make CraftMaster Green Doors. 

December 9, 2010

Pro dealers will soon be seeing an Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Certified Fiber Sourcing label on iLevel by Weyerhauser lumber products.

November 24, 2008

The Canadian home-improvement retailer has announced plans to sell only certified lumber and plywood by...

September 29, 2008

The chain of custody certification requires that a company use a strict management system detailing...

September 14, 2008

The LBM wholesaler will stock FSC-certified glulam, panels and other engineered wood products at one...

September 4, 2008

The industry’s largest privately owned pro dealer now holds an FSC chain-of-custody certification for 36...

August 24, 2008

The U.S. Green Building Council is re-evaluating the way it awards LEED credits for certified...

August 13, 2008

The U.S. Green Building Council is tackling one of its most controversial issues: how it...

August 10, 2008

After more than a year of meetings, negotiations and revisions, California became the first state...

August 10, 2008

At one point during a mostly calm, but occasionally testy public forum on the subject...

July 28, 2008

The Gaithersburg, Md., dealer’s green building program includes dual certifications for its yards, a staff...

July 23, 2008

The privately held company said it recognized the growing demand of FSC materials in the...

July 17, 2008

At the LBM Institute’s Eco-labeling forum held Wednesday in Kansas City, Mo., lumberyard owners lined...

June 15, 2008

Builders are talking up a storm about “green,” and a lot of that talk is...

May 27, 2008

The industry’s largest privately owned pro dealer now holds an FSC chain-of-custody certification for a...

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