Being sustainable means “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. “Sustainable wood” is much more than this. Wood is not only a renewable, recyclable resource, but comes from well-managed, sustainable forests which prevents damage to eco-systems, watersheds, and other forest values.
California has established good management policies and practices have been tested against the best national standards and have demonstrated minimum-to-zero waste thereby safeguarding our natural resource for the future. These practices along with conservation efforts have allowed California not only to sustain forestlands, but to grow them. For every tree that is harvested on average 5 more are planted. And we have grown more trees than harvested for the past 25 years.
In California many forest landowners go above and beyond the sustainable practices required by the state and follow the guidelines of internationally recognized certification programs that provide independent, third-party verification of sustainable forest management. These standards are used widely all throughout North America, and have well-built acceptance in the global marketplace by providing sustainable wood products from legal and responsible sources.
|American Tree Farm System (ATFS) is the largest and oldest sustainable family woodland system in America, internationally recognized, meeting strict third-party certification standards.|
|Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) mission is to promote environmentally sound, socially beneficial and economically prosperous management of the world’s forests.|
|Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) is a fully independent, charitable organization dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management.|