KCMA Adopts Forest Practices Policy

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KCMA Adopts Forest Practices Policy

Reston, VA The Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association (KCMA),
the major trade association for manufacturers of kitchen cabinets
and bath vanities, headquartered here, has announced its adoption
of an industry policy affirming support for responsible forest
management practices. According to the KCMA, the practices promote
sustainability and result in long-term economic and environmental
benefits.

The policy stipulates the organization’s recognition of
landowner outreach and education programs, logger training and
sustainable forestry certification, noting that 
“an absence of certification does not [necessarily] mean a lack of
quality forest management,” the KCMA explained.

“The essence of the policy is that KCMA members are making known
their long-standing support for the principles of conservation and
intelligent use of forests around the world,” stated KCMA president
Jack Edl, of Oak Brook, IL-based Elkay Mfg. Co.

The policy, according to the association, also recognizes that
sustainable forestry certification can assist in confirming sound
forest management practices, and references several recognized
programs currently in existence. The programs all share the common
goal of promoting forestry management techniques which encourage
the long-term sustainability of forests, according to the
organization.

The currently existing programs include: The American Tree Farm
System; The Forest Stewardship Council; The International Tropical
Timber Organization; The Canadian Standards Association, and The
Pan European Forest Certification Council, the organization further
explains.

“The strategic plan adopted by the KCMA includes action in this
area as a goal for the association,” said Richard Forbes, president
of Jasper, IN-based MasterBrand Cabinets, Inc. and chairman of the
KCMA Government & Regulatory Affairs Committee. He added,
“adoption of the policy is a positive step in [the] direction [of]
reflecting the concerns of KCMA members regarding the proper use of
our forest resources.”

Dick Titus, executive v.p. for the KCMA stated that the
sustainable forest beliefs statement has already been enacted by
certain KCMA member companies.

“The policy is a powerful pro-environmental statement by our
members,” Titus emphasized.

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