June 14, 2004

Sask maintains ISO 14001 for its forest program EMS, signs Canada Forest Accord

REGINA, SASK-Saskatchewan's forestry program has maintained ISO 14001 certification for its environmental management system (EMS), following its recent six-month follow-up audit. The forestry program was certified in January of this year, following a rigorous independent audit of its system by KPMG Performance Registrar, of Vancouver. The company conducted a repeat audit in May to ensure that the standard is being successfully maintained. "The EMS helps keep us accountable for our goals and action plans," said Environment Minister David Forbes. "The recent audit confirms that the system we have in place is solid, and functioning well." The EMS for Saskatchewan Environment's forestry program is the first province-wide government program in the country to achieve ISO 14001 certification. In related activities, Forbes recently signed the third Canada Forest Accord, committing the Saskatchewan government to work toward sustainable forest management, guided by the National Forest Strategy 2003-2008. The strategy sets out specific actions for achieving this goal under eight strategic themes, such as: improving the sustainability of forest communities; establishing a Canadian forest innovation agenda; managing the forest using an ecosystem-based approach; and stimulating the diversification of forest products and markets. Signatories to the Accord include other provinces, federal government agencies, environmental organizations, and forest industries. The Canada Forest Accord may be viewed on-line at http://nfsc.forest.ca/accord.html. The National Forest Strategy may be viewed at http://nfsc.forest.ca/strategy.html. More information is available from Dwayne Dye at Saskatchewan Environment, 306/953-2339.
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