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Historic tall ship set to be built

A $5 million historic sailing brigantine currently under construction in Sausalito, Calif., has officially entered the process of earning Forest Stewardship Council project certification to demonstrate that it will be constructed from timber produced with responsible forestry practices.

The non-profit group behind the project, Educational Tall Ship for San Francisco Bay, selected Emeryville-based SCS Global Services, a leading FSC certifier worldwide, to conduct the independent assessment proving that only FSC certified lumber is used in the hull, decks and cabins.

The ship will be built with Douglas fir harvested from FSC certified forests in Mendocino County that was donated by The Conservation Fund, also audited by SCS. FSC-certified Oregon White Oak supplied by Sustainable Northwest will be used for rigging parts, hatches, furniture and the rudder. FSC certification ensures that forest management practices protect old growth trees, rivers and terrestrial ecosystems, while avoiding over-logging. 

“We want to use this ship to teach kids to be stewards of the planet,” said Alan Olson, founder of the Educational Tall Ship non-profit. “Teaching them about our responsibly harvested FSC certified wood is a great way we can help them connect with the local environment.”

The 132-foot vessel will be the largest wooden ship constructed in the San Francisco area in nearly 100 years. Once launched, she will act as a living laboratory for students to learn to sail a tall ship while studying marine science and ecology.