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Potlatch's 473,000 acres of Timberland certified.

Potlatch Corp.'s 473,000 acres in Arkansas have been certified under the environmental, social, and economic standards of the Forest Stewardship Council-US, an organization that promotes responsible forest management and sustainability.

The company's pine sawmill at Warren also has been certified by FSCUS and is now authorized to market its Southern yellow pine dimensional lumber products with the FSC label. And the company also received chain-of-custody certification for its pulp-based manufacturing operations at Cypress Bend.

The certification announcement was co-hosted at The Peabody Little Rock by the Rainforest Alliance and Smartwood, its independent nonprofit arm that certifies forests. Partners in the announcement included the World Wildlife Fund, the National Wildlife Federation, the Arkansas Wildlife Federation, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, Audubon Arkansas and The Nature Conservancy.

"FSC certification will contribute significantly to our strategy of employing third-party certification to add to shareholder value," said chairman and CEO L. Pendleton Siegel. He said Arkansas' FSC certification will complement third-party certifications already earned in 2002 under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and International Organization for Standardization 14001 systems.

"There appears to be a growing trend among large building products retailers, secondary manufacturers, architects, contractors and governments at all levels toward preferences for certified products, including FSC-certified products," Siegel said. "This trend fits well with Potlatch's commitment to forestland stewardship, and we expect to grow with it."
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Title Annotation:FORESTRY
Author:Henry, John
Publication:Arkansas Business
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:May 9, 2005
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