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A Walk in the Woods: Forest Stewardship in Action

GBCI: 0920010360

For one day, advocates from our region, will come together in support of healthy, sustainable forestry. Our vast network of champions will tour the forest to learn the strength and breadth of the importance of FSC (Forest Stewardship Council). Leave the tour with a renewed sense of purpose and understanding of local sustainable forestry, and the positive impact it makes on our community.
Eligible for 3 CE HOURS.
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For one day, advocates from our region, will come together in support of healthy, sustainable forestry. Our vast network of champions will tour the forest to learn the
strength and breadth of the importance of FSC (Forest Stewardship Council). Leave the tour with a renewed sense of purpose and understanding of local sustainable
forestry, and the positive impact it makes on our community.

The target audience will include Architects, Designers, Project management and Builders. The course will involve visiting an actual harvest site for timber and following its path through the milling and distribution process. This event will be hosted by a forest products company that is leading the industry in sustainable practices and social equity.

The company has over 440,000 acres of timber land and is managing all of it to The Forest Stewardship Council standards (FSC, a global non-profit recognized as the gold standard in Forest certification) also the only certification accepted in LEED for material resource credit. The attendee will learn from Registered Practicing Foresters how these Redwood and Fir forests are not only providing wood products but how they are actually restoring watersheds, habitats, protecting endangered species, and restoring forests that were severely damaged from years of heavy industrial forest practices. The importance of this cannot be understated as an understanding of why USGBC/LEED recognizes only FSC certification and why the specification community should support practices that increase carbon storage and are environmentally restorative.

The trip will also include a guided trip through the milling and distribution process to gain an understanding of the full footprint of forest products that can be weighed against other building materials that can be incorporated into the design phase of a given project.

Objectives

  1. Why LEED has only recognized Forest Stewardship Council certified wood products for MR-7 credit
  2. The importance of incorporating life cycle analysis, environmental impact, and carbon footprint into the design phase
  3. How FSC harvest practices can actually benefit the health of the ecosystem that is dependent upon the forest
  4. The overall process of carbon sequestration in the forest, as well as the minimal carbon footprint in processing and distributing lumber primarily within a 500 mile radius for MR-5 credit
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USGBC Redwood Empire
Santa Rosa, CA
United States