Family Forests Alliance Renews Agreement with FSC

New Agreement Outlines Shared Goals


(New Gloucester, Maine)  - The FSC Family Forests Alliance and the Forest Stewardship Council-US (FSC-US) have renewed a Memorandum of Understanding.  The new agreement outlines the shared goals and areas of collaboration.


"Since 2006, the Family Forests Alliance has advocated for increased family forest owner access to FSC certification and market opportunities," says Kate Albert Read, Secretariat for the Alliance and Director of Harvest Certification and Research for the Trust to Conserve Northeast Forestlands.


About 60% of America's forestlands are privately owned, but very few of America's 10 million family forest owners are participating in forest certification programs.


"The lands owned and managed by American families contribute to wildlife habitat, water quality, carbon sequestration, scenic beauty and other public values," says Corey Brinkema, President of FSC-US. "FSC certification of family forests guides and validates stewardship and  provides this critical landowner base access to the rapidly growing marketplace for responsibly harvested wood and paper.”


As FSC certification has grown to include more than 31 million acres of land in the U.S., approximately 2.5 million acres of family forestlands are currently enrolled.


"Family forestlands are a key piece of America's forest landscape and extra effort is needed to engage woodland owners in certification programs and benefits," says Kathryn Fernholz, Executive Director of Dovetail Partners, an Alliance member.


The new agreement outlines how the FFA and FSC-US will continue to collaborate on initiatives that further expand family forest certification.  Collaborative efforts include continued development of FSC’s Family Forest Standards and supporting guidance documents and communications.


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