Over the decades, Estonia’s state forest has been managed sustainably. Logging has not exceeded increment; when forestry activities are carried out, efforts have been made to avoid environmental damage as much as possible; and a significant portion of the state forest is strictly protected.

In the international timber trade, certification of the origin of timber has become increasingly important. Many timber products only have a market to sell into if the timber used to make them is certified. To ensure selling opportunities for Estonian timber and products made using it, RMK offers its customers certified timber. RMK has been awarded two sustainable forest management certificates — FSC® and PEFC.

Both are widely recognised global schemes for assessing sustainable forest management, under which compliance with set standards is confirmation that the forest is being managed in a balanced manner, in environmental, social and economic terms. Preference for timber with either label depends on the market.

FSC

Founded to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests, the FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council) is an international independent non-government, non-profit organisation.

In certification of its compliance with FSC’s requirements, RMK has been issued a forest management and supply chain certificate: Code NC-FM/COC-009144 .
FSC licence code is FSC-CO22757


PEFC

The PEFC forest certification scheme was set up in Europe in 1999 to promote sustainable forest management and, above all, to involve smaller forest owners.

Over the decades, Estonia’s State forest has been managed sustainably. Logging in the forest has not exceeded its increment, forestry works have been conducted with a maximum effort to prevent damage to the natural environment, and a significant proportion of the State forest is under strict protection.

At the end of 2010, RMK was also awarded the PEFC Sustainable Forest Management certificate. Certification of the state forests under the internationally recognised Estonian PEFC forest standard was conducted by AS Metrosert.

The forest management and supply chains certificate code issued to RMK is PEFC-002 / A

GENERAL PRINCIPLES FOR THE DIFFERENTIATION AND HANDLING OF WOOD WITH AND WITHOUT FSC AND PEFC CERTIFICATES

RMK is entitled to sell timber, cutting rights to growing forests and other forest products (such as Christmas trees) procured in accordance with the current FSC and PEFC forest management standards and applicable legislation as certified, indicating RMK’s FSC certificate code and the designation “FSC 100%” or its PEFC certificate code and the designation “PEFC 100%” on the supply and sales documents for the products. In addition to wood obtained through regular forest management, the following is sold as certified:

  • wood obtained by deforestation or cutting carried out under maintenance schedules in protection zones for power lines or gas pipelines in primeval state forest;
  • wood obtained by deforestation or cutting (ditch or road routes) carried out under forestry improvement projects in primeval state forest;
  • wood obtained by cutting needed for nature conservation reasons, including the restoration of semi-natural biotic communities.

RMK is entitled to sell and document timber, cutting rights to growing forests and other forest products as PEFC-certified in the following instances only:

  • wood cut during deforestation carried out on lands managed by the Estonian Ministry of Defence or under a management agreement;
  • wood obtained by deforestation carried out under plans or environmental impact assessments in areas of mineral deposits approved by the state for exploitation, including in primeval state forest, if the designated specific purpose of the area is to become land for the mining industry;
  • wood obtained by deforestation carried out under plans or environmental impact assessments at infrastructure sites (construction of new roads, widening of national roads, border strips or the like) in primeval state forest;
  • wood obtained by deforestation carried out on arable lands (overgrown with scrub) to enable their use for the designated specific agricultural purpose.

Any timber cut on unreformed state land (lands not owned by the state prior to 23 July 1940), where RMK represents the state in the event of deforestation and performs sanitary cutting required for forest protection, cutting rights sold for growing forests or other forestry products are not certified, and no FSC or PEFC certificate codes are included on their supply or sales documents. Furthermore, wood obtained by deforestation carried out under maintenance schedules at infrastructure sites (highways, gas pipelines) or in protection zones thereof on other landlords’ lands is not sold as FSC- or PEFC-certified.