Every year, Americans use nearly 300 million trees to produce paper, shelter and furniture – that’s the equivalent of a tree measuring 100 feet high and 16 inches in diameter per person.
Worldwide, 50 acres of forest land are cleared every minute causing loss of precious wildlife habitat and massive erosion problems that will continue to affect our world for long after our own lifetimes.
One small but growing effort to combat this involves certifying sustainable forestry practices that ensure forests are planted and protected, not just cut down.
Join host Jerry Kay, publisher of the Environmental News Network, as we hear what three experts have said about how forests are certified and how certified wood is turned into the products we use everyday.
This Week's Guests:
Benjamin Cashore Assistant Professor of Sustainable Forest Policy, and Chair, Program on Forest Certification, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies|
Benjamin holds a PhD in political science from the University of Toronto, BA and MA degrees in political science from Carleton University, and a certificate from Université d'Aix-Marseille III in French Studies. He was a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard University during the 1996-1997 academic year.
Cashore's new book, Governing Through Markets: Forest Certification and the Emergence of Non-state Authority (with Graeme Auld, and Deanna Newsom) is forthcoming from Yale University Press.
Richard Donovan Director, Rainforest Alliance's SmartWood|
Richard has been Director of the Rainforest Alliance's SmartWood timber certification program since 1992. Under his leadership, the program has expanded tremendously, now certifying all types of forest worldwide. He also built the SmartWood Network, a collaboration of regional nonprofit certifying organizations, into the world's largest certification network. With 22 years of experience in forest conservation and rural development, Richard has assisted in the development of region-specific, nonprofit certification programs in many regions of the U.S. and a variety of countries worldwide. He has also conducted on-site certification assessments and audits in these regions.
Rebecca Butterfield Program Director, Rainforest Alliance TREES program|
Rebecca directs the Rainforest Alliance's TREES (Training, Research, Extension, Education and Systems) program. Thanks to TREES, small, community and indigenous forestry operations can have affordable access to certification services and certified product markets.
She has over 20 years experience in conservation and international development. She earned a PhD in Forestry from North Carolina State University with an emphasis in tropical silviculture, and an MS in forestry from the University of Washington. Previously, she worked for Associates in Rural Development (ARD Inc.) in Burlington, Vt., as a Senior Associate, coordinating their Environment and Natural Resources Sector.
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