National Forest System (NFS) Certification Study: An Evaluation of the Application of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Standards on Five National Forest System Management Units is now available. This report, produced for the Forest Service, documents the study in which third-party auditors evaluated current forest management practices on five study national forest units with standards set by two certification programs, SFI and FSC, for private and state-owned forests in the U.S. The report summarizes and discusses the five third-party evaluations and captures lessons learned through a review of participant experiences.
The study was designed to help the Forest Service: 1) evaluate the potential consistency of certification with the Forest Service’s existing mission to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations, 2) evaluate the potential benefits and costs of third-party certification of national forests and grasslands to externally developed standards, and 3) study the lessons learned as a basis for determining what policy and management changes might be needed in the event the Forest Service were to pursue certification.
Read more about Forest Certification at: http://www.fs.fed.us/projects/forestcertification/index.shtml