Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Forest Certification in the US

The number of forested acres that have been certified as sustainable is growing in the US.  Forest2Market recently plotted the acres certified by state and as a percentage of total forested acres under each of the three major certification schemes, Sustainable forestry Initiative (SFI), Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and American Tree Farm System (ATFS). 

So how does Pennsylvania stack?
SFI: 0% <= 1%
FSC: 10% <= 20% (2.2 million acres of State Forest land certified)
ATFS: 1% <= 5%

Forest2Market provides forest, wood products and bioenergy industries with business solutions that support decision making and planning. This includes timber prices and cost benchmarks to price forecasts and customized resource studies.

Forest certification identifies forestland that is managed to meet agreed upon standards and to label products originating from those forests.  The goal of forest certification is to promote forest practices that are environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable over the long term.  To read more about Forest Certification in North America.

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