Forest Certification

Demonstrates Sustainability

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.

For more information, please conact:
Margaret Miller, Landowner Education Manager, Oregon Forest Resources Institute 



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  • Sustainable Wood from Sustainable Forests Mike Cloughesy, director of forestry from the Oregon Forest Resources Institute discusses forest sustainability and touches on everything from ownership, to forest protection laws to certification systems.