The FSC Family Forests Alliance has been created to provide a national mechanism for bringing together individuals and organizations committed to promoting responsible forest stewardship through FSC standards. By creating a forum for communication, cooperation, and information sharing, participants in the Alliance can pursue issues of common interest, learn from one another, and enlarge the community of landowners and small businesses practicing responsible forestry.
The four primary purposes of the FSC Family Forests Alliance are to:
In 2007, the core organizers of the FSC Family Forest Alliance hosted an inaugural national gathering at the Wingspread Conference Center in Racine, Wisconsin, and the outcomes of that gathering defined the Alliance's first Action Plan. Since that meeting the Alliance has been focused on efforts to develop family forest standards as a part of the FSC standards revision process. The Alliance partners have also initiated carbon credit projects for family forest owners, supported marketing alliances and participated in FSC's global efforts with small forest holders.
Alliance partners are individuals or organizations that support the purposes of the Alliance and are currently involved with or pursuing the development of an FSC certification program for family forestowners. Benefits of being a partner include receiving notices and updates from the Alliance about issues related to family forest certification, an opportunity to contribute to the four purposes of the Alliance, and access to the other partners inthe Alliance as resources for solutions to certification's technical challenges.
For more information about the FSC Family Forests Alliance and becoming a partner or sponsor, please contact: Kathryn Fernholz of Dovetail Partners at firstname.lastname@example.org, 612-333-0430
2011 Action Plan (pdf, 120 kb)
US FM Certificate Survey Results Report (pdf, 1 mb)
FFA Observations Report (pdf, 396 kb)
2009 FSC-US & Alliance MOU (pdf, 936 kb)
2009 Action Plan (pdf, 440 kb)
2008 Action Plan (pdf, 280 kb)
2007 FSC-US & Alliance MOU (pdf, 148 kb)