PORTLAND REGIONAL MEETING
The Portland Regional Meeting took place on August 14, 2018, at the Village Ballroom in Portland, OR. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.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.
Please read the Consultation Guidance Document in full prior to reviewing the draft mitigation options. This document provides background, methodology for our final review, the final set of Criteria, an introduction to a matrix that will determine level of impact, instructions for the consultation, and next steps.
TOPICS & PREPARATION
PACIFIC COAST/ROCKY MOUNTAIN REGION
Specified Risk Topics that will be discussed at the Portland Regional Meeting are listed below. Hyperlinked topics have a downloadable PDF with more information, including mitigation examples. Keep checking back for updates.
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
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
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:
Illegally harvested wood
Wood harvested in violation of traditional and human rights
Wood from forests in which high conservation values are threatened by management activities
Wood from forests being converted to plantations or non-forest use
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 Portland meeting on August 14 are associated with categories #3 & #4, and therefore, the remaining categories are all designated as ‘low risk’ for the Pacific Coast/Rocky Mountain 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
Tuesday, August 14
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)
The Village Ballroom
704 NE Dekum Street
Portland, Oregon 97211
Street parking is available around the venue.
Coming from Downtown Portland:
Take the 8 Bus to the NE Dekum & 6th stop, which is less than a block away from the venue.
Take the 6 Bus to the NE Martin Luther King & Dekum stop and then walk 2 blocks to the venue.