Mitch Lansky, founder of the Maine Low-Impact Forestry Project and author of “Low-Impact Forestry: Forestry as if the Future Mattered,” recently submitted a paper called “Irving Certification Valuation” to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), a global, multi-stakeholder forestry organization with a mission to "promote environmentally sound, socially beneficial and economically prosperous management of the world's forests." Certification by FSC of wood products, traced through chain of custody to "sustainable" forest practices, is required for many "green" building and paper programs. In the United States and Canada alone, FSC certifies nearly 173 million acres. Yet, says Lansky, J. D. Irving Ltd. -- whose forestry practices in Maine are FSC certified -- uses short rotations “that look suspiciously like plantations” rather than natural forests; uses more herbicides than all other forest landowners in Maine combined; is managing for stand structures that are vulnerable to spruce budworm; was cutting more than its forests were growing; and was not treating its contractors in socially responsible ways. Lansky's in-depth analysis is available on the website of the Maine Environmental Policy Institute. Read or download it here (Word document).