Forest Stewardship Council®

BFP Manages approximately 15,000 hectares of bluegum plantation across the South West and Great Southern regions of Western Australia. The log resource from BFP plantations is sold to Bunbury Fibre Exports who processes the log resources and exports high quality woodchips from the Port of Bunbury.

BFP has objectives of managing land and plantations to environmental best practice to ensure that its timber products meet international standards.

The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) Principles and Certification provides an objective basis of assessing quality based management applied across land and plantations, incorporating sound environmental practices, taking into account conservation, social, cultural and economic values.

Additional information on Bunbury Fibre Exports approach to Forest Stewardship may be found in the Forest Stewardship Council Certification Policy (pdf).

The Department of Water (DoW) have published many documents that have assisted BFP follow environmental best practice procedures. The following DoW Water Quality Protection Notes has provided us with guidance to this end:

  • Vegetation Buffers to sensitive water Resources.

This and other documents on water quality may be downloaded from the Department of Water web site.

What is Forest Certification?

Forest certification is a system which can be used to independently assess forest management practices against predetermined principles and criteria to provide consumers with confidence that timber products have been sourced from sustainably managed forests.

Why Certify Forests?

The principles and criteria used in forest certification seek to balance environmental, social and economic values and benefits of forests. Environmental criteria recognize that forest management should:

  • Conserve biological diversity and its values, water resources, soils, unique and fragile ecosystems and landscapes;
  • Maintain ecological function and integrity of forests; and
  • Protect threatened and endangered species and their habitats.

Principles and criteria of forest certification aim to ensure that human rights are respected.

Economic criteria state that forest managers should seek to achieve an 'optimal use and local processing of the forest's diversity of products, minimize waste in harvesting and on-site processing, and strive to strengthen and diversify the local economy, avoiding dependence on a single forest product. The rate of harvest 'shall not exceed levels which cannot be permanently sustained.