Our offices are located in Vermont, New Hampshire and Florida. Contact information:
Robert Lee Edmonds
Forest Products Certification Group, LLC
3301 Santa Barbara Drive
Punta Gorda, FL 33983
Who we are
Doug Patterson, CEO of Forest Products Certification Group,LLC leads the team of FSC certification specialists. Doug's history with the Forest Stewardship Council and its certification program dates back to the formation of FSC in Vermont in the 1990s. His knowledge of FSC standards is among the best in the United States. For you, this means that he can ensure that your company has the most practical and affordable FSC components.
Doug and his team have the ability to work hands-on, looking at your individual company to make the most of FSC certification opportunities specific to your business. While our people working with you are called "Internal Auditors", they function more as close advisors. Doug's goal is to keep group members comfortably up to standard. Feedback from our group members has consistently shown Doug and our other internal auditors to be well received by businesses across the country - readily accessible, technically competent and pleasurable with which to work.
Doug has acted as a Lead Auditor conducting FSC CoC and CW audits since 1999 and SFI/PEFC CoC audits since 2007. He is currently offering consulting services to companies interested in becoming CoC and Controlled Wood certified and for existing certified companies to develop written procedures, conduct training, and to assist in resolving corrective actions and non-conformities.
He is one of the few who conducts FSC CWRA (controlled wood risk assessments) for sourcing in the United States, Canada, Europe and elsewhere as needed.
He has developed procedures and supplier evaluations (SBE) for the newly created Sustainable Biomass Partnership (SBP) certification for wood pellets.
In addition, he works with architects, builders, project managers with LEED wood-based credits, sourcing green building products, conduct training on green building credits and materials and work with companies interested in sustainable sourcing of forest-based materials and sustainability issues in general as they relate to forest products.
Being on the cutting edge, he is working on wood alternatives such as hemp and in developing hemp materials for construction, food, and health.
Bob Edmonds is the founder of the Forest Products Certification Group. LLC. As such, he leads our group member services. Keeping group members stress free and well-served is what we have been proud of. Bob's goal is to continue this standard.
Edmonds has lived in Barrington New Hampshire for about three decades and now spends his time in Punta Gorda, Florida.
He was a Co-founder and Principal, Natural Resource Institute, LLC a New Hampshire company which provided services in natural resource education, organizational management and strategic planning.
He received his BS and MS from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse University.
Sawdust in his cuffs and practical business experience in his background
Edmonds has over 20 years of in-depth hands-on experience in the forest industry. Beginning as a Forester in the Adirondacks, he became a Controller, Vice President, President of lumber manufacturing firms. He understands the complexity of running production operations, meeting payrolls, customer service and having additional burdens similar to certification added to the mix of responsibilities.
Assisted the forest industry and the forestry community
Coming to New Hampshire, Edmonds served as the statewide Forest Industry Specialist for the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension. Soon, he headed up the Forestry and Wildlife Program for the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension. Now Professor Emeritus and a private contractor, he has provided services which have included strategic planning, writing manuals, the current New Hampshire Forest Resource Plan and conducting FSC audits and assessments.
Edmonds has been a licensed New Hampshire Forester (License #10) and a Society of American Foresters Certified Forester. He has been active in the forestry profession and in his community, receiving citizen awards in two communities where he has lived.
of the Forest Products Certification Group from the beginning. Among the team are experienced auditors to help keep the group and its members in compliance.
Our Group's Team is ready to give you personal hands-on practical help.
Our team of experienced hands-on helpful internal auditors are on-board to serve you. Our goal is to reduce your stress, assist you in meeting FSC ® requirements and to keep FSC certification a profitable component of your business.
When an auditor comes to your company from the Forest Products Certification Group, LLC, he/she is in a different role from an auditor representing a certifying body. They work for you and I to ensure that you have the tools and information so you can meet the FSC ® standards and other requirements with a minimum of burden upon you. They are a part of our group structure. They understand your needs and what you must do to get and remain certified. They are there to help you, guide you and to find the things that you need to have in place in the event of a third party audit.
Our teams are LEED trained and can ensure that your FSC certification component will serve you and your customer's needs.
One of the team will be at your site at your site soon after you sign up and annually thereafter. This service is included Forest Products Certification Group package at no extra cost.
The Forest Stewardship Council
The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC ®) is an international certification system that recognizes the highest levels of environmentally and socially responsible forest management. FSC certification is a voluntary, market-based system that allows companies to promote their products as deriving from well-managed forests. By holding an FSC® Chain of Custody (CoC) certificate, companies earn the right to market and sell products as being FSC ® Certified and to affiliate themselves with the Forest Stewardship Council ®.
To earn FSC Chain of Custody certification, companies must develop and implement procedures that cover all of the elements of the relevant FSC standard. Companies must account for their purchase of certified material, their inventory, their manufacturing procedures, determination of FSC ® claims, use of logos, as well as sales, invoicing and record-keeping procedures.
The standards allow for a variety of different systems and, therefore, FSC® CoC programs range from very simple to very complex, depending on the nature of the operation. For instance, there are separate CoC standards addressing companies with multiple facilities, the outsourcing of production, “controlled wood” and the verification of recycled content.
The Forest Products Certification Group, LLC has earned Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) Chain of Custody certification from Scientific Certification Systems, one of the world’s leading FSC® certifiers and one of FSC’s founding members.
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