Paper Week Seminar to Explore Sustainable Forestry Certification

March 27, 2006 - The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) will present a seminar titled “Understanding Forest Certification” at Paper Week 2006. The session will be held on Monday, April 10, 2006, at The Waldorf=Astoria Hotel in New York City.

A debut event for Paper Week, this groundbreaking session will address the vital issue of forest certification in the business of buying, selling and producing paper. Consumers of paper products deserve to know that the products they use originate from responsibly and sustainably managed forests, and the North American forest products industry has responded with a commitment to practice sustainable forestry. This requires growing and harvesting trees to make products, while also preserving the environment and maintaining a habitat for wildlife.

Two executives representing the United States’ leading certification programs, Mr. William Banzhaf of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) program’s Sustainable Forestry Board, and Mr. Michael Washburn of the Forest Stewardship Council-U.S. (FSC-U.S.), will conduct an interactive session that will discuss the attributes of both programs and explain the options available for chain of custody certification and labeling. The seminar will be moderated by Dr. Ross Whaley, one of the nation’s most respected natural resource professionals and Chairman of the Adirondack Park Agency.

This is a “must-see” event for anyone involved in the manufacture, sale or purchase of paper products. Don’t miss Mr. Banzhaf and Mr. Washburn as they answer essential questions about forest certification practices in North America.

For more information contact: John Mechem by email john_mechem@afandpa.org or phone (202) 463-2459. For information about Paper Week, please visit: www.paperweek.org.


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