Forest landowners want to manage their land to sustainably produce environmental, social and economic benefits. Forest certification is a market-based approach to recognize sustainable forest management by labeling forests and the wood products from those forests as being certified. Having your forestland certified under the American Tree Farm System (ATFS), the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) or the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) lets people know that you are proudly managing your forest sustainably and are in it for the long haul.
Understand the major Forest Certification systems
The following resources will help you decide if forest certification is right for your forest. Start with the presentation below titled Forest Certification Basics. It will give you a great overview of the common systems. If you decide that forest certification makes sense for your forest, then continue to explore the additional resources to learn more about the various systems and how to go about having your forest certified. ATFS, SFI and FSC all have excellent web pages that provide numerous resources about their programs. Dovetail Partners is a environmental policy and education non-profit that has excellent resources on forest certification systems in general. The publications listed below are intended to provide an overview and get you started.
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Mike Cloughesy, Oregon Forest Resources Institute
FOREST CERTIFICATION RESOURCES TO GET YOU STARTED:
- American Tree Farm System: 2010-2015 Standards These Standards of Sustainability are the tool ATFS uses to validate the good forestry done by private woodland owners.
- Forest Stewardship Council Fact Sheet - 2010 Learn the basics of FSC certification including the Principles for Forest Stewardship, independent certification bodies, FSC label and Chain-of-Custody.
- How to Certify to the SFI 2010-2014 Standards Learn the basics of SFI certification including the Forest Management Standards, SFI Chain-of-Custody and third-party auditing.
- Forest Certification: A Status Report- 2010 This Dovetail Partners report provides an overview and update of the major certification systems.
- Forest Certification Basics with Mike Cloughesy Overview of the common forest certification systems and their potential applicability to your forest