Resources: Sustainable hardwoods

Links to websites that pertain to sustainable forestry and hardwoods in North America:

Standards

  • Canadian Sustainable Forestry Certification Coalition. The goal of this organization is “to promote the use and acceptance of internationally recognized sustainable forest management certification standards in Canada in order for Canadian producers to continually move towards sustainable forest management, secure a sustainable supply of raw material, and to ensure marketplace acceptance of Canadian forest products.”
  • Forest Stewardship Council. The FSC “sets forth principles, criteria, and standards that span economic, social, and environmental concerns. The FSC standards represent the world’s strongest system for guiding forest management toward sustainable outcomes.” The FSC certifies forests and forest products and has a logo program for identification. For a list of companies in the US with chain-of-custody certificates, click here.
  • Rainforest Alliance‘s SmartWood certification program.
  • Roundtable on Sustainable Forests. “The Roundtable is an open and inclusive process committed to the goal of sustainable forest management (SFM) on public and private lands in the United States.” The Roundtable has implemented criteria and indicators reflecting current forest conditions which are meant to serve as a baseline for assessing future progress toward sustainability.
  • Sustainable Forest Initiative. The SFI “is a comprehensive system of principles, objectives and performance measures developed by professional foresters, conservationists and scientists . . . that combines the perpetual growing and harvesting of trees with the long-term protection of wildlife, plants, soil and water quality.” The SFI creates standards for participation and principals of sustainability, and has a labeling program for participants, retailers, manufacturers, and publishers.
  • US Department of Agriculture Forest Service Sustainable Development whitepaper.

General information

  • Ancient Forest Initiative. The AFI “facilitates landscape-level forest conservation projects in northern California and internationally.”
  • Forest Certification Watch. FCW is an “independent news provider” that is engaged in “providing decision makers with the latest relevant news and helping them navigating through the complexities of all recent developments,” including “sustainable forestry, public and corporate forest policy, forest certification, illegal logging, responsible procurement, corporate social responsibility, carbon forestry, bio-energy and related matters.”
  • Forest Directory contains links to all aspects of the forestry industry, including forest product certification and sustainability links.
  • Global Institute of Sustainable Forestry, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Research, education, publications.
  • GreenBiz. An “information resource on how to align environmental responsibility with business success.” Sustainable forestry section identifies players and provides links.
  • Hardwood Forestry Fund. The Fund is “dedicated to establishing sustainable hardwood forests” through a tree planting program that promotes “hardwood timber growth, management, environmental education, and wise use of our nation’s renewable forest resources.”
  • Institute for Sustainable Forestry. The Institute “promotes forest management that contributes to the long-term ecological and economic well being of forest-based communities” with particular emphasis on “forest and watershed stewardship, community economic development, and sustainable forestry certification support.”
  • Southern Center for Sustainable Forests. SCSF “provides innovative research and practical applications for enhancing sustainable forest management on industrial and nonindustrial private forest land in the South. . . . ranging from sustainable production of wood fiber to extensive management of nonindustrial private forest land to the broad management of forested landscapes for non-market values.”
  • Sustainable Forests Partnership. “The Sustainable Forests Partnership’s mission is to document and promote innovation in sustaining forests and communities and assists others to integrate this innovation into policy and practice.” Consortium of universities provides research, education, and extension services.
  • Sustainable Hardwoods Network. The Sustainable Hardwoods Network “consists of locally-owned wood products manufacturers, contractors, retailers, and non-profit organizations sharing a commitment to ecologically sustainable forest practices that support the long-term social and economic well-being of our north coast communities.” Site contains a business directory.
  • Report of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, UN General Assembly, Rio de Janeiro, 1992. Sets forth “principles for a global consensus on the management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests.”
  • Virginia Tech, Moving Toward Sustainable Forestry: Strategies for Forest Landowners. Handbook for foresters.
  • World Commission on Forests and Sustainable Development. Recent report with recommendations and some maps.

Sources

  • Forest Stewardship Council’s list of companies in the US with chain-of-custody certificates.
  • EcoTimber. “A complete line of ecologically sound flooring.” FSC certified, reclaimed, bamboo.
  • Green Mountain Woodworks (Oregon). “Sustainably produced solid wood flooring.”
  • Natural Home Products. Sustainable flooring imported from Denmark.
  • American Inlays. Eucalyptus flooring.

Other countries have similar organizations. See the comment to my post on sustainable retailers for one.

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