MRC Certification Meeting In Caspar

Mendocino Redwood Company FSC Stakeholder Public Meeting, Hosted by Rainforest Alliance, August 25, 2015, 7-9 p.m. Caspar Community Center, 15051 Caspar Road, Caspar, 95420

The Rainforest Alliance is conducting a third party forest management and chain of custody certification re-assessment of Mendocino Redwood Company, LLC (MRC). The Rainforest Alliance is accredited by the Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC®) and this re-assessment process must follow procedures which have been approved by the FSC. The re-assessment includes forests in California totaling approximately 228,000 acres. The re-assessment will be implemented August 25-28, 2015. The forest management certification re-assessment will evaluate the environmental, social, and economic aspects of forests managed by Mendocino Redwood Company, LLC using the FSC-US Forest Management Standard (v1.0).

Interested members of the public are invited to attend the stakeholder meeting on August 25th to provide input regarding Mendocino Redwood Company’s forest management as it relates to conformance to FSC-US Forest Management Standard (v1.0). To obtain a copy of these guidelines, please visit the FSC-US website:

(www.fscus.org/standards_criteria/forest_management.php).

For additional details on FSC certification, the MRC re-assessment, and/or the stakeholder meeting, contact Steve Grado, Rainforest Alliance at sgrado@hotmail.com or 662-617-3691 (cell). For directions to the meeting location contact Sarah Billig at 707-463-5125.

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Hi All,

We - your forests and streams and wildlife - need your help!

Rainforest Alliance is coming to town - August 25th at 7PM at Caspar Community Center.

They're coming to re-certify - in our opinion, green wash – Mendocino Redwood Company's hack-n-squirt practices.

Come speak up for the health of our forests and streams and the safety of our communities. Read below for more details.

Thank you.

By Tanoak, on behalf of us all.

More Information:

Mendocino Redwood Company is currently certified under FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) standards. This means they can use the FSC "Green" label to command a premium price for their "sustainably harvested" lumber. They need the FSC label in order to sell lumber at places like Home Depot, which demands a green label for wood sold in their stores. People are currently picketing Home Depot asking customers not to buy lumber at Home Depot stores. MRC has to get that green label re-upped every five years. Rainforest Alliance certified MRC originally in 2000 and will be re-certifying this year. Over the years stakeholders have brought up with the certifiers their outrage over herbicide use both in the context of its toxicity and its use in creating increased fire danger hazards by leaving standing dead tanoaks in the forests. Rainforest Alliance, like all the other agencies and legislative bodies, has not been responsive to us. This year is different. We will not stop. Among other things, we'll have an initiative on the ballot asking voters to declare standing dead trees a public nuisance. Come to the meeting! If you can't be there, you can contact Stephen Grado by phone, email or snail mail to get your comments to Rainforest Allaince.

Stephen C. Grado, CF/FCA #1155
George L. Switzer Professor
Department of Forestry, Box 9681
357 Thompson Hall
College of Forest Resources
Mississippi State, MS 39762-9681
scg4@msstate.edu
Voice: 662-325-2792
Fax: 662-325-8726

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