ATLANTA REGIONAL MEETING

The Atlanta Regional Meeting took place on July 31, 2018, at Trees Atlanta Kendeda Center in Atlanta, GA. Participants included companies that are FSC certified and source Controlled Wood, their suppliers, Certification Bodies (auditors) and other stakeholders actively working to advance responsible forest management and enhance local economic development.

MEETING FOLLOW-UP & FINAL CONSULTATION

In follow-up to the Regional Meetings, FSC US has reviewed all input received from stakeholders and developed a final set of draft mitigation options for each Risk Topic. The draft mitigation options are, or will soon be, available below for public consultation. Feedback on the draft mitigation options is due to FSC US (standardsforum@us.fsc.org) by Wednesday, October 10th, unless otherwise noted in the individual documents. You can provide feedback via the Discussion Forum, or directly to FSC US via email.

OTHER POST-MEETING DOCUMENTS

(not for consultation)

TOPICS & PREPARATION

SOUTHEAST/MISSISSIPPI ALLUVIAL VALLEY REGIONS

Specified Risk Topics that will be discussed at the Atlanta Regional Meeting are listed below. Hyperlinked topics have a downloadable PDF with more information, including mitigation examples. PDFs will be available soon. Keep checking back for updates.

TOPICS
PREPARATION

Participants should prepare for Regional Meetings by:

  • Reviewing the corresponding PDF documents explaining each topic that will be addressed at the meeting (PDFs will be available soon. Please check back for updates.)

  • Attending a webinar or watch the recorded webinar

  • Participating in the Discussion Forum by posting comments and mitigation ideas for different topics at the meeting

WEBINARS

Ahead of the Regional Meetings this summer, FSC US will host webinars to provide background information and begin to spark ideas for mitigation options. Webinars will be held on the following dates and times, and will both cover the same information so please pick the date and time that work best for you. If you aren’t able to attend a live webinar, click "Watch the Webinar" below to watch a recorded version.

  • Wednesday, June 27 - 2pm EDT/ 1pm CDT / 11am PDT

  • Tuesday, July 10 - 2pm EDT/ 1pm CDT / 11am PDT

Click here to choose your date and register

ORIGIN OF TOPICS

FSC US has developed a Controlled Wood National Risk Assessment for the conterminous United States (i.e., all parts of the country except the states of Alaska, Hawaii and the U.S. territories.). All companies that wish to mix FSC-certified materials with non-certified forest materials, and are procuring these materials from forests within the assessed area (conterminous US), are required to use this risk assessment. The risk assessment will allow companies to determine if they are sourcing from regions that have been identified as having ‘specified risk’ (which is risk that is greater than ‘low’) of producing materials that fall into one of 5 categories:

  1. Illegally harvested wood

  2. Wood harvested in violation of traditional and human rights

  3. Wood from forests in which high conservation values are threatened by management activities

  4. Wood from forests being converted to plantations or non-forest use

  5. Wood from forests in which genetically modified trees are planted

 

Where ‘specified risk’ has been identified in the above categories, the company is required to implement mitigation actions in order to ‘control’ the materials that come from these areas.

 

To develop the Controlled Wood National Risk Assessment, FSC US followed a procedure developed by FSC International which has now been used throughout the world. The topics identified for discussion at these Regional Meetings are those that are designated in the Controlled Wood National Risk Assessment as ‘specified risk.’ The topics at each meeting will be regionally specific and relevant to the identified important ecological values of the region. The topics at the Atlanta meeting on July 31 are associated with categories #3 & #4, and therefore, the remaining categories are all designated as ‘low risk’ for the Southeast/Mississippi Alluvial region. 

 

If you would like to review the Controlled Wood National Risk Assessment for the US itself to better understand the assessment process, it will be made available on the FSC US website.

LOGISTICS & SCHEDULE

SCHEDULE
Tuesday, July 31

8:30 // Coffee

9:00 // Meeting Begins

12:00 // Lunch

1:00 // Meeting Resumes

4:30 // Meeting Wraps Up

5:00 // Cocktail Reception (details to be announced soon)

LOCATION

Trees Atlanta Kendeda Center

225 Chester Ave SE

Atlanta, GA 30316

www.treesatlanta.org

PARKING

There is limited parking at the Trees Atlanta Kendeda Center itself. Additional street parking is available along Chester Avenue, Fulton Terrace, and Harold Avenue.

 

There is also parking in the gravel lot for Habitat for Humanity next door. There will be printed parking passes available at the meeting if you choose to park in the gravel lot.

 

Please be mindful of signs letting you know whether parking is available only on one side of the street.

PUBLIC TRANSPORATION

Public transportation options are available, but somewhat limited. The quickest way to the venue would be by Uber/carpool/taxi.

Coming from Downtown Atlanta:

  • You can take the Blue or Green MARTA train line to the Inman Park-Reynoldstown Transit Station, and then it is a 20-min scenic walk down the Atlanta BeltLine featuring murals and art to the venue.

  • Alternatively, you can take the Green MARTA train to the King Memorial Transit Station and then take the 21 Bus from the King Memorial Station to the Memorial Dr SE at Chester Ave SE stop. From there it is less than a block to the venue.

See map here.

NEARBY HOTELS

Residence Inn by Marriott Atlanta Downtown

134 Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

404-522-0950

Sheraton Atlanta Hotel

165 Courtland St NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

404-659-6500

The Ellis Hotel

176 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

404-523-5155

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