"Okay Oak" a case study on responsible sourcing of white Oak from the Russian Far East
Posted on 04 April 2018
"Okay Oak" is a best practice case study presented by WWF and Metropolitan Flooring, a Canadian-American flooring manufacturer and distributor, which offers guidance for white Oak sourcing in China and Russia.
"Okay Oak" is a case study presented by WWF and Metropolitan Flooring, a Canadian-American flooring manufacturer and distributor, offering guidance and best practices for white Oak sourcing in China and Russia.
Mongolian oak (Quercus mongolica) is a CITES listed species. It is often harvested illegally and unsustainably from forests in the Russian Far East (RFE). The oak then flows over the Russian and Chinese borders and is often mixed in mills with oak from other parts of the world like the US and Europe. Companies sourcing oak from China could be unknowingly purchasing wood that has been illegally or unsustainably harvested if they don’t practice due care.
But sourcing responsible Mongolian oak is possible! Read the case study here.