In response to the concern surrounding responsible forest management the concept of forest certification arose. The ideas were to develop a process for certifying forest management practices to a pre-determined set of standards which define resposible forest management. Independent third party auditors evaluate forest operations to determine whether owners and/or managers meet the required standards. Forest certification ensures that forest owners, practitioners, and operators comply with established and accepted management standards. Certification provides assurance to forest owners, managers, operators, consumers, and the local community that the production of wood products from a certified land base does not damage the overall health of the forest, the stability of the ecosystems, or the livelihoods of local communities. Forest certification is a voluntary market based concept.
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international association of environmental and social groups, the timber trade, workers, indigenous peoples’ organizations, responsible businesses, and community forestry groups from around the world. It is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization formed to support environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable forest management around the world through the certification of forest management practices.
As a FSC certified producer and supplier of Eastern White Cedar, Lanark Cedar must meet requirements set out by the FSC in 5 areas: quality systems requirements, wood sourcing requirements, production controls and record keeping requirements, FSC product and label requirements and documentation requirements.
Our quality process begins with the careful selection of cedar logs. We purchase the majority of our logs from local suppliers in the Ottawa Valley.
Our process is entirely natural; we do not use any chemicals or additives. Eastern White Cedar from Lanark Cedar remains safe and natural
With a strong management plan and long term commitment to health and Safety for our employees Lanark Cedar provides continual training to ensure this commitment has been met according to Ministry of Labour Occupational Health safety standards
Lanark Cedar strives to implement environmentally friendly practices.Since wood is such a precious resource Lanark Cedar optimizes its use by creating various saleable by-products, such as sawdust, shavings, slabs and mulch!