Taan Forest gains prestigious certification

  • Nov. 14, 2011 10:00 a.m.

Taan Forest, the HaiCo subsidiary with logging rights on the islandshas just achieved Forest Stewardship Council certification from the Rainforest Alliance. It’s the first in BC to meet FSC standards since 2009. Haida Enterprise Corporation owns logging rights to TFL 60 and TSA 25, totaling 358,000 hectares on Graham and Moresby Islands.The certification was obtained in just 11 months.”(This) illustrates its strong commitment to adopting the highest social and environmental standards,” said Krista West, Forest Management Coordinator at the Rainforest Alliance. Taan Forest completed a series of assessments and reports over the last year, led by the Rainforest Alliance. “The Haida Nation’s special relationship with their forests and environment is well known. We are extremely pleased that stringent independent audits under the world’s pre-eminent FSC standards confirmed as such” said Bob Brash, President of Taan Forest. FSC certification requirements are widely considered the ‘gold standard’ for sustainable forest management. “Change starts with us and the way we approach forestry,” said Guujaaw, President of the Haida Nation. “We know that we can maintain our culture, respect nature and still derive a livelihood from the forests.”