Sierra Club of Canada to Appeal J.D. Irving, Ltd.'s "Green Designation" in Black Brook, NB
Environmentalists don't believe company's forest deserves certification
Monday, Sept. 21, 1998
Yarmouth County, NS - Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), a certifier under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has formally certified the J.D. Irving, Ltd. (JDI) - owned Black Brook forest district. This designation implies that management of Black Brook meets among the most stringent environmental and social criteria anywhere. However, Sierra Club of Canada intends to launch an official appeal with FSC, asking them to revoke the designation.
"We have a number of very serious concerns regarding JDI's forestry operations in addition to their general environmental and social practices," says Elizabeth May, Executive Director of Sierra Club of Canada. "This certification should only go to forest regions where management practices are ecologically sound. JDI's Black Brook district isn't one of them."
Sierra Club of Canada's objections to certification stem from a number of concerns. They include:
For more information, contact:
Elizabeth May, Executive Director, tel:
Rita Morbia, Biodiversity Campaign Coordinator, tel: 613-241-4611
Copyright Sierra Club of Canada, 1998