By: The Working Forest Staff
Letter by Derek Nighbor, FPAC
TIMESUNION.COM — State Sen. Liz Krueger suggests in a commentary (“New York has a role to play in protecting the world’s forests,” April 20) that New York has a role in supporting sustainable forest management. It’s a responsibility we embrace across Canada’s publicly owned, working forests.
Derek Nighbor says, ‘State Sen. Liz Krueger suggests in a commentary (‘New York has a role to play in protecting the world’s forests,’ April 20) that New York has a role in supporting sustainable forest management. It’s a responsibility we embrace across Canada’s publicly owned, working forests.’ (Lori Van Buren/Times Union)
The senator cites forest practices in Indonesia as a reason for introducing legislation that targets “forest risk commodities.” However, the senator’s bill misses the mark as the sweeping legislation also stands to impact forest product imports from among the most sustainably managed forests in the world, including those in Canada, Sweden and Finland. As currently written, the bill would also clearly violate trade rules between two of our world’s most trusted trading partners.
Canada’s forest products sector is built upon key principles that include ecosystems-based management, consultation with local rightsholders and stakeholders, limiting annual harvests to less than .5 percent of harvestable forests, and replacing more than what’s harvested to ensure that Canadian forests remain as forests forever.
The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization recently recognized the important role that sustainable forest management plays in moving the world to a net-zero carbon future. Canadian forestry’s commitments to achieving net-zero, sustaining healthy forests and ecosystems, storing carbon in wood products, and providing lower carbon fuel options with wood residuals make it a powerful ally in the fight against climate change.
Through responsible management and innovative solutions, Canada’s foresters are already playing a leading role in North America’s green economic recovery.