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Certification

The vast majority of land which GSFP manages is publically owned. As such, GSFP is committed to the well being of future generations through responsible environmental performance and sustainable forest management. Our commitment applies to all our woodlands operations.

To demonstrate our commitment to sustainable forest stewardship, GSFP has achieved and maintained current CSA Z809 standard Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) Certification on all of the forest lands we manage. This standard is a voluntary tool that provides independent third party assurance that an organization is practicing sustainable forest management. First load of Chain of Custody lumber out of GSFP

Participants under the CSA certification system must address the following two components:

1. Develop and achieve performance measures for on the ground forest management, monitored through annual reporting and reviewed by a public advisory group. GSFP has participated in the development of a SFM with other licencees, public members and First Nations involvement. The current SFM Plan which conforms to the current CSA Z809 standard.

2. Incorporate CSA defined system components into an internal Environmental Management System (EMS). The EMS is designed to identify environmental risks and provide controls to minimize the occurrence of negative environmental impacts.

GSFP has also received Chain of Custody certification of our woodlands operation to the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) current PEFC Standard.

Our commitment to sustainable forest management is outlined in our Sustainable Forest Management Policy.

GSFP would like to extend an open invitation to members of the public who wish to participate in the Nicola Thompson Fraser Public Advisory Group (NTF PAG). Interested members can become involved in PAG meetings and field tours and have input on the NTF Sustainable Forest Management Plan.  IF you are interested please follow the link www.thompsonokanagansustainableforestry.ca/kamloops and click on the "Want to Get Involved?" on the right of the webpage.