Clearwater Forest Consultants, LLC

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In 2005, Clearwater Forest Consultants became the first timberland management company in Missouri to receive the prestigious "Smart Wood" certification from the non-profit Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).  To read the news release click here. 

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Clearwater Forest Consultants owner Doug Enyart proudly display the firm's new achievement- certification as a "Smart Wood" Resource Manager.  The background shows a recently harvested property, one of three privately owned forests qualifying CFC for certification.

N E W S  R E L E A S E 

For Immediate Release - August 31, 2005

 Forest Management Firm Receives International Certification

(Piedmont, MO) - Clearwater Forest Consultants of Piedmont, Missouri, has become the first forest management company in Missouri to receive the prestigious “SmartWood” certification from the non-profit Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).  Three area forestland owners are presently participating in the program.

“SmartWood certification is a milestone achievement for our firm that would not have happened without the assistance and acceptance of many people,” according to Clearwater Forest Consultants (CFC) owner Doug Enyart.   “I hope this is the beginning of a new direction not only for CFC, but for the forests of Missouri.”

There are two forest certification systems operating in the US.  The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) is a certification system developed by the timber industry itself.   FSC focuses primarily on the observable results of responsible management in the forest and local community.

By “sustainable” program organizers mean the ability to continue to produce quality timber from generation to generation, without the nearly century-long gap that often results from clear cutting and similar practices.

“Prior to the implementation of this program, the harvesting of timber in this area has remained unchanged for the last century,” Enyart said.  “Forest management is not a widely adopted concept in this part of the U.S., there is hardly an acre of forest in this area that would not benefit from timber thinning and forest management.”  More than 70% of the forestland in Wayne County is privately owned, Enyart said.

Overall, FSC has set the global standard for forest management and chain-of-custody certification. The FSC label, which establishes a direct tie between the forest and timber products consumers, gives companies a marketplace niche that is of increasing appeal to consumers concerned about the environment and the rights and well-being of workers and their communities.

The global market for FSC-certified wood is now estimated to exceed $5 billion annually.  Certified wood and paper products are now carried by several major national retail chains.

A recently published study by the Rainforest Alliance indicates that independent certification of sustainable forestland leads to measurable improvement in the long-term economic viability of forestry operations.


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PO Box 176, Piedmont, MO 63957
573 223-7010