Environmental Specifications

One of the primary uses of MDF is high quality furniture and cabinetry. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) voted to pass the toughest, most comprehensive product standards in the world for formaldehyde emissions from composite wood panels. The CARB regulations Phase II limits for thin MDF became effective on January 1, 2012, which limits emissions to no more than 0.13 parts per million.

All Ranger Board and WestPine production meets or exceeds CARB Phase 2 standards. WestPine also meets CARB NAF standards WestPine ECO Gold.

Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) – recognized globally for integrity, scientific rigour and true independence – provides material content certification assessment services to manufacturers offering products made from recycled or biodegradable materials.

The SCS Environmental Claims Certification Program is the leading scientific program for independently certifying environmental claims for manufactured goods and materials. All claims are certified in accordance with U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims and ISO- 14021 standards.

Both MDF operations carry SCS Recycled Content certification.

 

Forest certifications

All Canadian woodlands are certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) standard, an internationally recognized sustainable forest management standard.

 

PEFC Chain of Custody

In 2006, West Fraser introduced the PEFC Chain of Custody system to demonstrate to customers that the fibre in our Canadian operations supply chain comes from sources that comply with applicable laws, regulations and sustainable resource standards. The standard also demonstrates avoidance of sourcing fibre from controversial sources.

     

    FSC Chain-of-Custody and Controlled Wood

    WestPine MDF and Ranger Board are also registered to the Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC ®) Standard for Chain of Custody Certification (FSC-STD-40-004 v2-1). Both MDF plants and our pulp operations are part of a multi-site chain of custody certificate under the FSC Standard for Multi-Site Certification of Chain of Custody Operations (FSC-STD-40-003 v2-1), as well as the Standard for Company Evaluation of FSC Controlled Wood (FSC-STD-40-005 v2-1).

    Wood Sourcing Policy for WestPine MDF and Ranger Board

    WestPine MDF and Ranger Board will to the best of their ability, endeavor to avoid trading and sourcing wood and wood fibre from the following:

    • Illegally harvested wood;
    • Wood harvested in violation of traditional and civil rights;
    • Wood harvested in forests where high conservation values are threatened by management activities;
    • Wood harvested in forests being converted to plantations or non-forest use; 
    • Wood from forests in which genetically modified trees are planted; and
    • Wood harvested in violation of any of the ILO Core Conventions, as defined in the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, 1998.

    Fibre sources that can not be confirmed to be controlled wood will be excluded from the fibre supply chains of WestPine MDF and Ranger Board.

    The Multi-Site Chain of Custody Risk Assessment used to determine that fibre is not from one of the above noted controversial sources is provided below for WestPine MDF and Ranger Board. Also included below is the map of ‘Canadian Ecoregions Containing Forest Landscapes’ which details the extent of the ecoregions that are used to define the fibre supply District for each risk assessment.

    WestPine MDF produces a ‘FSC Controlled Wood’ product group comprised entirely of medium density fibreboard (MDF). The FSC Product Type will be W8.3.2 ‘medium density fibreboard’. The wood fibre input material category will be 100% virgin controlled material comprised of the following species:

    • Lodgepole Pine – Pinus contorta var. latifolia
    • White Spruce and hybrids – Picea glauca
    • Engelmann Spruce and hybrids – Picea engelmannii
    • Subalpine Fir - Abies lasiocarpa
    • Interior Douglas Fir – Pseudotsuga menziesii

    Ranger Board produces a ‘FSC Controlled Wood’ product group comprised entirely of medium density fibreboard (MDF). The FSC Product Type will be W8.3.2 ‘medium density fibreboard’. The wood fibre input material category will be a mix of FSC Controlled Wood and virgin controlled material comprised of the following species:

    • Lodgepole Pine – Pinus contorta var. latifolia
    • White Spruce – Picea glauca
    • Black Spruce – Picea mariana
    • Balsam Fir – Abies balsamea