SEATTLE, WA – The Washington Forest Law Center has filed a complaint that seeks to revoke Weyerhaueser’s SFI certification.
According to the Seattle Times, the complaint is part of a broader attempt by the group to “undermine the credibility” of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. The group claims that Weyerhaeuser’s clear cutting of forests in southwest Washington contributed to flooding problems during a December 2007 rainstorm. The WFLC pointed to that incidence as evidence that Weyerhaeuser’s forest management program failed to protect water, soil and other resources.
The paper quoted Peter Goldman, a lawyer of the WFLC, as saying, "SFI is a phony green label that is seriously misleading the marketplace." Goldman reportedly filed the complaint against Weyerhaeuser with SFI on the behalf of the Sierra Club last fall.
Weyerhaeuser officials said the SFI label is credible and that it does a good job of practicing sustainable forestry. “(T)he extreme intensity of this storm made it unavoidable that numerous landslides were going to occur, particularly in the steep areas where rainfall greatly exceeded the 100-year return," Weyerhaeuser officials reportedly wrote in a rebuttal to the law center's complaint.
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