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Green tick removed International Timber Certification dropped from Reflex

After 5 years of the FSC standard being inappropriately branded on Australian Paper’s Reflex copy paper - the finding is in:  Australian Paper no longer have the right to label their product with the FSC Controlled Wood Standard if they use VicForests wood.

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After 5 years of the FSC standard being inappropriately branded on Australian Paper’s Reflex copy paper - the finding is in:  Australian Paper no longer have the right to label their product with the FSC Controlled Wood Standard if they use VicForests wood.

The case was first lodged with Australian Paper by Chris Taylor and Sarah Rees back in October of 2006. The issue: the Baw Baw frog. The state government were logging remnant area’s of the frogs habitat in a scientific experiment to see if it could survive. The endangered Baw Baw frog is Victoria’s only endemic frog and is restricted to a small band of alpine forest on Mount Baw Baw. Australian Paper were the recipients of this wood.

The case was hard fought by The Central Highlands Alliance (MyEnvironment Inc. in a previous name), Lawyers for Forests, The Wilderness Society and the Australian Conservation Foundation. The Liberal federal government, along with the scientific community, undertook a risk assessment of the experiment and found it to be too high a risk to the waning populations of the frog so the logging was banned but the area was still highly contentious. The site of the frog was only a small part of a much greater site of globally significant forest. It contained a range of Nationally-listed, threatened species. Australian Paper still continued to buy wood from this site, now badly damaged from logging.Read the report here

The case against the FSC Controlled Wood Standard award to Australian Paper grew and as concerns mounted for species and native forests, whether by scientists or community groups, as Australian Paper continued to consume VicForests cheap woodchips. Today the results of those choices are in and VicForests' native wood cannot be deemed ‘low risk’ to high conservation values in forests, so does not meet the requirements of FSC for the Controlled Wood Standard. The Controlled Wood Standard is an environmentally weaker standard in comparison to pure FSC sourced wood, and even still, VicForests failed to make the grade.

The result validates the concerns that have been expressed through the ethical paper campaign - until Nippon owned Australian Paper makes the transition to plantation wood, their wood stream cannot be deemed ethical. 

http://www.ethicalpaper.com.au/

A mighty and special thanks to everyone who committed so much time on this matter. 

Sarah Rees and Luke Chamberlain covered daily media on the topic see links:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-08-23/paper-manufacturer-loses-green-credentials/2851982
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/08/23/reflex-paper-stripped-of-fsc-certification
http://www.watoday.com.au/business/reflex-paper-loses-green-tick-of-approval-after-native-timber-stoush-20110822-1j6mk.html
http://www.businessday.com.au/business/reflex-paper-loses-green-tick-of-approval-after-native-timber-stoush-20110822-1j6mk.html
http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2011/s3299841.htm?site=gippsland