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File No. 13396-01 Public Audit Summary - 2004 Surveillance Audit Potlatch Corporation - Idaho Resource Management Division Compliance to SFI 2002-2004 and ISO 14001 Overview Potlatch Corporation is an integrated forest products company headquartered in Spokane, WA. Potlatch Corporation owns forestland in Arkansas, Idaho and Minnesota, as well as a hybrid poplar farm in Oregon. The company’s manufacturing facilities include solid wood and panel mills as well as pulp, paper board and tissue mills. The focus of this report is the 670,000 acres of Potlatch fee ownership in Idaho. The Idaho Region is managed from Lewiston, ID with three Area operations offices – the St. Joe Area (St. Maries); the Palouse Area (Bovill); and the Clearwater Area (Headquarters). The three Areas are each further divided into three Resource Management Units. Logs harvested from the Idaho ownership are utilized primarily by Potlatch manufacturing facilities, but also by some 19 other customers in the region. Further information on Potlatch’s Idaho operations can be found at www.potlatchcorp.com, or by contacting Mr. Steve Smith, Idaho Region Resource Manager (208-799-1288), Mr. Mike McAllister, Idaho Region Wood Flow and Marketing Manager (208-799-1053). Questions relating to the audit should be addressed to either Mr. Gregor Macintosh, QMI Audit Team Leader (250-748-8160) or Mr. Terry Cundy, Idaho Region Environmental Management System ...

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13799 Commerce Parkway
Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
V6V 2N9
Telephone: 604.244.6800
Fax: 604.244.6810
www.qmi.com
Advancing Business Excellence
File No. 13396-01
Public Audit Summary - 2004 Surveillance Audit
Potlatch Corporation - Idaho Resource Management Division
Compliance to SFI 2002-2004 and ISO 14001
Overview
Potlatch Corporation is an integrated forest products company headquartered in
Spokane, WA.
Potlatch Corporation owns forestland in Arkansas, Idaho and
Minnesota, as well as a hybrid poplar farm in Oregon.
The company’s
manufacturing facilities include solid wood and panel mills as well as pulp, paper
board and tissue mills.
The focus of this report is the 670,000 acres of Potlatch fee ownership in Idaho. The
Idaho Region is managed from Lewiston, ID with three Area operations offices –
the St. Joe Area (St. Maries); the Palouse Area (Bovill); and the Clearwater Area
(Headquarters). The three Areas are each further divided into three Resource
Management Units. Logs harvested from the Idaho ownership are utilized primarily
by Potlatch manufacturing facilities, but also by some 19 other customers in the
region.
Further information on Potlatch’s Idaho operations can be found at
www.potlatchcorp.com, or by contacting Mr. Steve Smith, Idaho Region Resource
Manager (208-799-1288), Mr. Mike McAllister, Idaho Region Wood Flow and
Marketing Manager (208-799-1053).
Questions relating to the audit should be
addressed to either Mr. Gregor Macintosh, QMI Audit Team Leader (250-748-
8160) or Mr. Terry Cundy, Idaho Region Environmental Management System
Manager (208-799-4135).
Audit Coverage
The objective of this second surveillance audit, conducted September 27-29 2004,
was to evaluate the Idaho Region’s continued compliance with the Sustainable
Forestry Initiative System (SFI 2002-2004), and their continued compliance with
the Environmental Management System standard (ISO 14001). This audit was the
second surveillance audit and covered all the Objectives, Performance Measures
and Core Indicators of the SFI 2002-2004 standard as well as the Elements of the
ISO standard. These two systems cover all forestry management activities
including, procurement activities for solid wood products operations, planning, land
management, forest renewal, harvest and delivery.
The initial SFI and ISO registration audits were conducted by the Quality
Management Institute (QMI) in August of 2002. QMI is North America's leading
management system registrar, offering registration to a wide range of ISO and
industry specific standards including SFI 2002-2004. QMI utilizes foresters,
wildlife biologists and environmental scientists to conduct audits to the SFI 2002-
2004 standard and ISO14001 Environmental Management System standards.
QMI conducted the first surveillance audit of both systems in October 2003.
The QMI Audit Team for the second surveillance audit reported herein, consisted of
Mr. Gregor Macintosh [CF/CFA, EMS(LA)] as Audit Team Leader, and Ms. Lynn
Penniman [EMS(LA)], and Mr. Jack Ward [CF, EMS(LA)] as auditors.
These team
members are all familiar with the Idaho Region operations through participation in
both the initial registration audit (2002) and the first surveillance audit (2003).
Description of Audit Process
Prior to the audit, the Audit Team reviewed Idaho Department of Lands inspection
reports supplied by Mr. Jim Colla, (IDL, Forest Practices Program Manager) for
Potlatch operations in the region.
During the on-site audit, the Audit Team conducted interviews with Potlatch Idaho
staff and reviewed documentation related to long-term harvest planning and
sustainable use of the timber resource, conservation of biological diversity and
visual aesthetics management at the Lewiston office.
Staff at the three Area offices were interviewed regarding compliance to the Idaho
Forest Practices Act regulations. The Audit Team conducted field verifications in
the St. Joe, Palouse and Clearwater Areas. The Audit Team selected a total of 23
field verification sites at random across the three operating Areas. Field verification
of SFI conformance and adherence to Idaho Forest Practices Act regulations were
assessed for the following field operations:
Active fee, non-fee (stumpage) harvesting operations, and harvest units completed
since August 2003 were audited in all three operations Areas. Harvesting
operations consisted of final harvest, commercial thinning (1
st
and 2
nd
), loading
and hauling.
Reforestation units (fee ownership) completed since August 2003 were also
audited in the St. Joe, Palouse, and Clearwater operations Areas.
Reforestation operations consisted of planting, site preparation (mechanical and
chemical) and rehabilitation of access structures.
Road construction, road maintenance, and fish-passage sites were also assessed.
Summary of Audit Findings
In accordance with the audit standards used by QMI, three classes of “audit
findings” are used: Non-conformances, Opportunities for Improvement, and
Positive Aspects.
Each of these are addressed separately below.
Non-conformances
- There were no non-conformances found with respect to either
the SFI standard or the ISO 14001 standard.
Opportunities for Improvement – The Audit Team observed the following
opportunities for improvement to enhance the Idaho Region performance:
P.M. 4.1.2.1.3: Batch chemicals at application site rather than batching elsewhere
and transporting over public highways to application sites.
Add Foresters ™ that is being applied in the field, to the Approved Chemical List.
P.M. 4.1.2.1.3: Establish follow-up inspections after the application of pesticides
to assess for accidental over-spray.
P.M. 4.1.3.1.2: Reviewing the recently introduced Class II Stream Protection
Zone dimensions with Contractors.
P.M. 4.1.4.1.1: Highlight in the post-harvest inspection form wildlife habitat plan
metrics – e.g. down woody debris; wildlife trees/acre.
P.M. 4.1.7.1.1: Review the guidelines for damage to residual trees on Commercial
Thin and Pre-commercial Thin units.
P.M. 4.2.1.1.4: Establish a system to verify that all in-woods foreman are Pro
Logger trained.
Positive Aspects of the SFIS - The Audit Team observed the following positive
aspects of the SFI System:
Objective 2 (4.1.2.1.3) - The practice at Fernwood RMU of flagging isolated wet
areas prior to chemical application and requiring the pilot to buffer these prior to
application.
Objective 5 (4.1.5.1.1) - Very good examples of visual management for each of
the nine Resource Management Units.
Note - The Idaho Region has developed an alternative methodology for ensuring
achievement of Performance Measure 4.1.5.1. The Audit team has reviewed the visual
management plans put in place for each of the nine Resource Management Units and
found that these plans constitute a more comprehensive method. The Forest
Management Plan currently under development will further satisfy the requirements of
PM 4.1.5.1 with the addition of landscape level objectives for forest cover.
Audit Recommendation
Based on the review of the company’s SFI and ISO documentation, and the field
review of forest management operations, the Audit Team finds that the
Sustainable Forestry Initiative System and Environmental Management System
of Potlatch Corporation - Idaho Region continues to be suitable and effective.
Therefore, Potlatch Corporation - Idaho Region is recommended for continued
registration to both SFI 2002-2004 and ISO 14001.