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Importance of certification is growing on woodland owners

Woodland owners are gradually becoming more aware of the need to get to grips with forest certification sooner rather than later. This is particularly the case for those owners who are within a year or two of starting to harvest their timber.

The real flashpoint looming is when sawmills reach the 30pc threshold for uncertified material permitted under their quality assurance schemes. At this point, non-certified timber may struggle to find a viable outlet. But with timber supplies from private forestry coming on stream in ever increasing amounts, it is not a case of if but when this point is reached.

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