Nazareth, PA - C. F. Martin & Co. hosted its inaugural musical instrument wood summit at its corporate headquarters. Suppliers of wood originating in North, Central and South America, as well as Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia, attended the unprecedented day-long event.
During several panel discussions, attendees spoke candidly about the historical, current and anticipated availability of tonewood species they supply. In some cases, although wood sources are large, local politics, country-specific legislation, worldwide demand, sound environmental practices and international trade treaties limit availability. In other cases, the supply of wood itself is already constrained as a result of innate rareness or unsustainable logging practices.
Daphne Hewitt, Project Manager for the Rainforest Alliance’s TREES (Training Research Extension Education Systems) initiative, gave an overview. The TREES initiative is designed to improve the effectiveness of forest certification in conserving biodiversity and to provide economic support to local communities, as well as to educate consumers and those in the forest products marketplace about the conservation and economic benefits of Forest Stewardship Council certification and economic benefits of Forest Stewardship Council certification through SmartWood, a program of the Rainforest Alliance. The FSC promotes, develops and monitors principles and criteria for voluntary, independent third party certification and accreditation that addresses and ensures environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management of the world’s forests through a traceable chain of custody from forest to finished product. Many of the attendees expressed great interest in and support for certification. C. F. Martin & Co. expressed its determination to rigorously pursue and obtain certification.
The day concluded with the planting of a commemorative indigenous Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash) in front of the C. F. Martin & Co. facility, followed by a catered dinner in the atrium of the Martin Visitors Center.
C. F. Martin & Co. looks forward to hosting this summit again as a means of staying current with issues surrounding this important natural resource.