Since the 1990s, there has been increased awareness of redwood sustainable forestry and the ways it safeguards our environment. Third-party forest certification standards have been put into effect, ensuring that socially responsible business and environmental protections are enforced in forest operations. Redwood sustainable forestry practices are now measured carefully in an effort to protect redwood forestlands and the planet as a whole.
Redwood sustainable forestry provides clean air, fresh water, and natural habitat for plants and animals. For local communities, these forests provide jobs as well as natural resources. Best practices for redwood sustainable forestry protect these resources, to maintain a healthy society for growing populations worldwide. Illegal and destructive harvesting have historically caused problems in the redwood lumber industry as the U.S. economy and housing starts expanded, particularly following World War II.
Today, the majority of California’s managed redwood forests are certified as responsibly managed. Meanwhile, privately owned redwood forests are subjected to the state’s own regulations for responsible forestry. These state laws are strict, accounting for the protection of quality water sources and wildlife habitats. For a comparison of California forestry regulations and third-party certification programs, please review this helpful California Forestry Regulations report.
The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) is an organization that established some of the earliest certification standards for responsible forestry. FSC was founded in 1993 as an independent, non-profit organization to promote exemplary forestry and responsible logging practices worldwide. In 2009, the forestlands of Humboldt Redwood Company (HRC) were certified to the standards of the Forest Stewardship Council. Many major environmental groups support FSC; visit our FSC Certification page to learn how we have adopted these standards to promote redwood sustainable forestry.
In addition, we have made an on-going commitment to implement our best efforts to avoid trading and sourcing wood or wood fiber from illegally harvested wood, wood harvested in violation of traditional and civil rights, wood harvested in forests where high conservation values are threatened by management activities, wood harvested in forests being converted to plantations or non- forest use, and wood from forests in which genetically modified trees are planted.