Family Forests Alliance Applauds New Certification Standards

(Mpls, MN)  The FSC Family Forests Alliance, a national collaborative working to support certified family forests, has identified increased adoption of the new FSC-US Forest Management Standard as a top priority for the new year.


In July 2010, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) announced new national standards for forest management certification. The new standards include special considerations for better serving small forests and family forest owners. The "Family Forest Indicators" reflect the fact that some FSC requirements may not apply to individual family forests. The standard still takes into account the potential cumulative impacts of larger properties and groups.  In some cases new Indicators have been developed to address conditions unique to small ownerships.


“There are 10 million family forest and private landowners in the United States, and the FSC program has developed standards that consider the unique circumstances of small properties and their owners’ priorities,” says Kathryn Fernholz, Executive Director of Dovetail Partners and member of the Family Forests Alliance.


Since 2007, the FSC Family Forests Alliance has been championing the development of family forest standards as a part of the standards revision process of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) in the United States.


“The new family forest standards will make FSC certification more accessible for private woodland owners in the United States,” says John Gunn, FSC-US Board Member, Senior Program Leader with the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences and a member of the Family Forests Alliance.


In the new year, the Family Forests Alliance will be working to support increased use of the new certification standards and providing information about the changes that family forest owners can expect.


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About the FSC Family Forests Alliance
Since 2007, the FSC Family Forests Alliance (FFA) has pursued four primary purposes:
Advocate for FSC policies, public policies, and procurement policies that better serve FSC-certified family forests.
-   Operate as a forum to share information and strategies for successful models of certification, forest management, policy development, and market development.
-   Provide more visible networks and membership opportunities for family forest owners who feel underserved by existing forest management models and landowner organizations.
-   Work collaboratively to develop new resources and tools for group certification programs.