Forestry certification is a concept that emerged
in the late 1980’s following a number of movements lead
by environmental groups around the world in an effort to promote
sustainable forest management.
Forestry certification is voluntary process
that serves as a means of protecting forests by promoting responsible
forestry practices and provides independent third-party assurance
that a forestry operation meets standards set by a specific certification
A well-managed forest satisfies standards
for environmentally, socially and economically responsible management.
These standards ensure the long-term health and productivity of
forests for timber production, wildlife habitat, water quality,
as well as stable and lasting communities.
Wood products from certified forests are also
labeled to provide consumers with assurance that those products
came from well-managed forests. Consumer demand for certified
forest products is a powerful incentive for forest managers to
pursue forest certification and for retailers and manufacturers
to seek products from certified forests.