Paper says certification devastating for forest industry

September 10, 2015

By: News Wire

Frontier Centre for Public Policy has released Senior Fellow Elizabeth Nickson’s paper  “The Failures of Forest Certification and the Implications for the Public Wealth of the Canadian North“. In this paper, Nickson posits that the forest certification movement not only had a devastating effect on the value of the forest industry, there is evidence it has been destructive of the forest biosphere itself. Ms. Nicksons suggests that if the environmental movement is successful in forcing the same model on the pipeline, oil sands, and fracking industries, it is likely to see the same devastating devaluation that the forestry industry suffered.

Nickson suggests that this movement to certification may be presented by environmental lobbyists as a “solution to public unrest” but if successful will occur at a time when Canada needs to grow its economy to “meet its debt and unfunded liabilities, particularly those of universal health care and the aging population”. This unfunded liability (no funds have been set aside) is calculated to be $2.8 trillion if nothing were done.

Elizabeth Nickson’s “The Failures of Forest Certification and the Implications for the Public Wealth of the Canadian North” can be found here.

About the Frontier Centre for Public Policy

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By: News Wire

Your comments.

  1. Kai Lillandt says:

    the environement mentalists are a bunch of gangsters who ruthlesly
    Use human empathy for their greed, for money, for appreciation , for a
    Place in society which they could not achieve by beeing normal citisens.

  2. george delisle says:

    From my experience the whole movement toward certification has been a huge disappointment. It has only strengthened the move towards “Virtual Forest Management”. The movement to managing from the computer screen while sitting at a desk miles from the real world is putting our natural resources at a very high risk. There is an old saying that “Figures don’t lie but liars figure” holds true to a much higher degree now that it did 50 years ago. If all the squares are filled out in the computer screen everyone seems to think that, that makes for good forest management. We desperately need to put foresters back out in the forest, and get them away from their desk so that they learn the difference between a porcupine and a lodgepole pine.
    George Delisle

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