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RFS seeks views on UK Woodland Assurance Standard revisions
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The Royal Forestry Society (RFS) is consulting with its Members as it prepares to feedback on the Government's final consultation on the UK Woodland Assurance Standard (UKWAS) Fourth Edition.

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The standard certifies that woods are managed responsibly and sustainably and that there is a “chain of custody” in place. The revised Fourth Edition is due to be released in the autumn.

It is a voluntary scheme and it is a woodland owner’s decision whether to participate.

The RFS is asking Members whether they feel concerns over complexity, cost and effectiveness of the Standard have been adequately addressed and whether they feel they benefit from certifying woodlands they own and manage.

Members have been asked to respond to the RFS on three key questions about the revised Standard by 11 March 2016. Their responses will inform the RFS feedback to the UKWAS Steering Committee. 

The Consultation paper is available here with documentation relating to the revision is available here .

The consultation period runs from 15th February to 16th March 2016.