14-0926 v3.X Gypsy Moth Dead Standing Oak


Our team would like clarification on whether the use of dead standing white oak infested by Gypsy Moths would be accepted as an exception for invasive species and if so, what documentation would be needed to support it. The moths kill the trees by eating the foliage. The dead/dying trees are then harvested for use. See the links for description of the gypsy moth below and attached image of the white oak (there is evidence of the worm holes in the lumber):https://extension.umass.edu/landscape/fact-sheets/gypsy- mothhttp://www.na.fs.fed.us/spfo/pubs/fidls/gypsymoth/gypsy.htmThe wood is sourced through Excelsior Wood Products in Kingston New York. www.excelsiorwood.com https://ilbi.org/action/community/dialogue/materials/imperative-thirteen/885317069/635155671/Moth-infested-White-Oak.jpg


Wood from trees that have been killed by Gypsy Moth is allowed without FSC certification, if the team provides documentation required for Exception I13-E3 Invasive Species per the v2.1 Materials Petal Handbook (MPH p18) plus two additions listed below.Because the “cause of death” of invasive species impacted trees is not always obvious based on the condition of the harvested wood, and the wood is sometimes from commercial forests that could be FSC Certified, two additional types of documentation are being added to the requirements of the Invasive Species Exceptions for both v3.0 I12-E3 and v2.1 I13-E3:Documentation from the forester, lumber supplier or other knowledgeable source that the trees in question were killed by the approved invasive species, forming a de facto chain of custody documentation.Documentation that the wood is from non-commercial forests, or if from commercial forests, documentation of advocacy to the forest owners to seek FSC certification.

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