A new ASTM International standard will provide forestry management and certification systems with directions for categorizing wood according to fiber sources.
The new standard creates generic terms to categorize wood and wood-based products according to their fiber source in one of three categories:
“As D7612 gains traction, it will be referenced within various state forest management regulatory systems as well as major forest certification systems,” says Donald DeVisser, acting executive vice president, West Coast Lumber Inspection Bureau, and chairman of D07.08. “Independent organizations will assess how each program fits within ASTM D7612. Eventually, green building rating systems, codes and standards will reference forest management practices in terms of what they deliver rather than simply referencing their alphabet soup of names.”
According to DeVisser, D7612 will be particularly useful in combination with D7480, Guide for Evaluating the Attributes of a Forest Management Plan. More information on the latter standard, which is based on the Montreal Process developed by an international working group of forestry professionals to promote sustainablity forestry practices, can be found in the SpotLight column of this issue of SN.
DeVisser invites anyone with expertise in forest management to participate in future revisions of D7612.
Technical Information: Donald DeVisser, West Coast Lumber Inspection Bureau, Portland, Ore.
ASTM Staff: Kevin Shanahan