Letter: Greener than thou

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Sir: Bill Quantrill (letter, 7 October) is right that a tropical timber boycott may not be the best choice for the environment and that we should try to ensure that timber comes from well-managed sources.

However there is still much forest management that fails to meet even the most basic environmental and social criteria. The not-for-profit organisation the Forest Stewardship Council now offers an international scheme for ensuring forest management meets high standards and provides an easily recognised tick-tree logo for the products. The FSC provides the perfect choice for people who want reassurance that they can buy wood products without contributing to the sort of shocking disasters that we can now observe in Indonesia.


Senior Forests Officer


Godalming, Surrey