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Christopher Gutsche, NCARB, Architect, LEED AP

Making News

Jun 17
2015

What Is FSC-Certified Wood and Why Might I Care?

When purchasing lumber, cabinetry, trim, plywood and other wood fiber based products look for the FSC trademark label and support sustainable forestry practices. The Forest Stewardship Council established a rigorous certification program in 1993 to promote environmentally sound, socially beneficial and economically prosperous management of the world’s forests. FSC has developed a set of 10 principles and 57 criteria that apply to FSC-certified forests around the world. It includes: Protecting fragile ecosystems; respecting native cultures and economies; preventing illegal logging; Restricting clear-cutting (removing all trees in a tract); restricting pesticide use; and, monitoring the “chain of custody,” or ensuring that the wood in the product you’re looking at really came from the forest that was certified.