The importance of Forest Certification and Codes of Practice

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Forest and Chain-of Custody certification assures Autralian and international buyers that forest products they purchase come from legally harvested and sustainably managed native forests and plantations.

Businesses and Government organisations such as the NSW Forests Corporation proudly use and display the standards set by either the Australian Forest Certification Scheme or the Forest Stewardship Council. These include AST and Boral The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification PEFC is an international, non-profit, non-governmental organization which promotes sustainable forest management through independent third party certification. It is considered the certification system of choice for small forest owners

The Australian Forest Certification Scheme AFCS uses the Australian Forestry Standard which was developed by community representatives , industry and government. This scheme issue Chain-of-Custody certificates that identify and track certified wood and wood products throughout the supply chain.

The Australian Timber Flooring Association ATFA is the peak body for timber floors and timber flooring representing contractors, manufacturers and suppliers nationwide. ATFA are a member based timber flooring association and North Coast members include Hurfords and Notaras.

Weathertex is accredited under Ecospecifier, a green tag third party building product rating and certification scheme

SA Relf operates in accordance with the ATCSwhich also provide independent certification that timber products are 'up to grade' and 'fit for purpose'. Timber carrying the distinctive ATIC logo is the answer for timber buyers who are looking for quality, consistency and reliability and who wish to avoid the risks associated with buying variable quality timber. Scheme members are audited twice a year.