The Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC®) is an organization promoting responsibility when it comes to the harvesting and management of forests all across the world. This non-profit organization, which is not affiliated with any government, develops and communicates forestry management standards. FSC Certification and standards are widely considered to be among the worlds most stringent. FSC gets much of its support from established environmental organizations including the Sierra Club, National Wildlife Federation, Greenpeace, NRDC, Defenders of Wildlife, Earthjustice, and The Wilderness Society.
FSC standards include several forest management guidelines. These standards combine specific rules addressing how a forest and its constituents—flora, fauna, and human—are treated. Those who comply with the policies as they’re laid-out contribute to sustaining the forest and those that live off of it in a responsible, ethical way for years to come.
Companies and organizations voluntarily adhering to FSC standards can choose to have their forestlands certified. In order to obtain FSC certification, an organization must fulfill all the aforementioned, applicable guidelines. By creating a rigorous certification process, FSC is able to positively influence logging practices around the world.
FSC itself does not issue certificates for forestland management. Rather, a host of certification bodies, independent of the FSC, assess applicants against FSC standards. It is through this independent assessment process that it is determined whether or not specific organizations are awarded FSC certification. This separation of power allows FSC to remain subjective and true to its intentions.
FSC certification allows for consumers to make environmentally sustainable choices when purchasing wood from retail lumber yards and home improvement stores.
Humboldt Redwood is honored to have obtained FSC certification in 2009. We take our policies of environmental stewardship very seriously. We also work hard to lessen the environmental impact of redwood. We consider FSC certification a badge of honor, as well as an affirmation of our forward-thinking, environmentally sustainable policies.