September 19, 2005

Sask Environment's Forest Service honoured for ISO 14001 certification of its forestry program EMS

PRINCE ALBERT, SASK-The Canadian Institute of Forestry (CIF) presented its 2005 Canadian Forest Management Group Achievement Award to Saskatchewan Environment's Forest Service during the CIF's recent national conference in Prince Albert. The award was given to the provincial forestry program for achieving ISO 14001 certification of its environmental management system (EMS). This achievement is a first in Canada for a province-wide government program. Saskatchewan's forestry program was first certified in January 2004, following a rigorous independent audit by KPMG Performance Registrar, in Vancouver. The program has successfully maintained its certification, confirmed by periodic repeat audits. Its EMS provides a framework to manage the environmental impacts of activities associated with the provincial program. Transparency, accountability and continuous improvement are built into the system, with the overall goal of sound environmental practices. The CIF, whose members are forestry professionals from across Canada, presents its achievement award to recognize groups or teams who have made significant, unique and outstanding contributions to forest management in Canada.

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