MARTIN GUITAR’S 3rd Wood Summit, May 12 at Nazareth, PA, Headquarters

May 3, 2011

  C. F. Martin & Co., Inc. has announced the Third Wood Summit will be held at the company’s headquarters in Nazareth, PA on Thursday, May 12, 2011. The biennial full-day Summit will commence with an agenda of discussions, networking and presentations that address issues and trends related to the species and supply of woods purchased for acoustic guitars.
Directed to an audience of domestic and international suppliers representing 12 wood supply companies, the Summit will be facilitated by Wood Sourcing Specialist Linda R. Davis-Wallen and Michael Dickinson, Exotic, Alternative and Sustainable Wood Buyer.
The day’s themes will concentrate on the C. F. Martin Supplier Manual, as well as: updates regarding Forest Stewardship Council certification; Verification of Legal Origin and Harvest in C. F. Martin’s Supply Chain and theirs; the transparency and documentation that are necessary for Lacey Act compliance; New and alternative woods or materials and Species and supply issues.
“Our commitment to using pure and lasting wood products is reflected in the quality and craftsmanship of every Martin Guitar we produce,” says Chris Martin IV, CEO of Martin Guitar. “This Summit highlights that excellence and brings to the table important issues within our industry that will ensure those traditions continue and expand to more builders and designers.”
Also planned during the Summit will be the 3rd Commemorative Tree Planting and group photo (available digitally to media directly following event).
Key MEDIA Events To Be Held During Summit Include:
1:00 p.m. | Chris Martin, C.F. Martin & Co., Inc. CEO speaks
1:30 p.m. | Plant a Tree Dedication to the Wood Summit and Photo op
2:15-3:45 p.m. | Verification of Legal Origin/Harvest, Lacey Act & C.F. Martin Wood Purchasing Policy Panel
Confirmed Panelists include:
·         Craig Fedchock, Director, International Capacity Development at USDA APHIS (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service)
·         Gweneth Langdon, Chain of Custody Coordinator, U.S. Northeast Region, Rainforest Alliance/SmartWood Program
·         Rob Garner, Executive Director, Think CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility)
·         Scott Paul, Director, U.S. Forest Campaign Greenpeace & Environmental Chamber Director, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) US Board of Directors
·         Joseph Frasetta, District Forrester, and Timothy Dugan, Asst. District Forester, DCNR Bureau for Forestry
·         Tom Roche, Founder and Coordinator,

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