FSC Certification & Commitments
BLCF attained Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certification in 2017, and with it came a commitment to developing an Indigenous Communication and Engagement Framework to continue working collaboratively with First Nations.
As part of the FSC certification process, BLCF recognizes the principles of the United Nations Declaration of Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and integrates First Nation’s rights to Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) within its decision-making and ongoing operations.
Burns Lake Community Forest manages the K1A licence to FSC’s stewardship principles. Burns Lake Community forest is audited against these principles and examined through criteria and measured through FSC’s indicators annually.
Our commitment to FSC ties closely to our guiding principles.
FSC Certification has the most rigorous forest management standards in the world. It is a voluntary market-based system available to forestry organizations that want to demonstrate responsible forest management by having their planning and practices independently reviewed by third-party auditors. The certification helps protect the people, plant and animal species that depend on the forest. It is one of the highest standards of sustainable forest management certifications in the world.