KCMA Adopts Forest Practices Policy

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.