| Although it soon may be delisted, because the grizzly bear is currently on the endangered species list as a threatened species, FSC certification standards require that this animal and its habitat be protected in conjunction with any forestry operations.
Seeing the forest for more than the trees
One of the many “thematic priorities” of Messiah College’s strategic plan, crafted in 1997, is a commitment to faithful Christian stewardship that “encompasses human, economic, and environmental dimensions." Beginning with its winter 2007 issue, The Bridge will manifest that priority in a more tangible way.
The magazine now bears the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) logo, the most socially, environmentally, and economically responsible third-party certification of its kind.
FSC certification promotes responsible forest management and ensures that all foresting, milling, and manufacturing processes (the “chain of custody”) used to publish The Bridge have met the most rigorous forest management standards available and that the paper and wood products used have come from healthy, well-managed, and legally harvested forests.
The use of the FSC logo on The Bridge can be applied only by an FSC certified printer using FSC certified paper. To learn more, visit www.fscus.org.
To be FSC certified, forest operations must:
• Protect rare, threatened, and endangered species and their habitats
• Maintain the ecological functions and integrity of the forest
• Conserve biological diversity of the forest
• Protect and respect the rights and interests of local communities,
indigenous peoples, and forest workers
• Minimize or avoid chemical use
• Protect rivers and streams from soil erosion
• Comply with the laws of the country where the forest is located
• Be audited annually by an independent third party
Additionally, FSC certification prohibits:
• Conversion of forests to plantations
• Genetically modified organism trees (GMOs)
The Bridge is printed on Chorus Art Silk, an FSC certified paper which has 50% recycled content, 25% of which is post consumer waste, and is also elemental chlorine free (EFC).
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