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Forest Certification on Private Forests in the United States: Challenges and Opportunities

  • Michael Washburn
  • Richard Fletcher
  • Jim Finley
Part of the World Forests book series (WFSE, volume 3)

Abstract

Forest certification is an evolving approach for linking market desires for forest-derived products with harvesting and extraction approaches that help sustain functioning forest ecosystems. Currently the certification systems available are best suited for use on industrial, large private and public forests. In the United States private forest land ownerships (PFLOs), often called non-industrial private forests,dominate the landscape and contribute significantly to the country’s need for wood and wood fiber. Designing approaches for capturing PFLO interests in ensuring longterm sustainability of these forests is essential if the United States is going to help conserve global forest resources by more responsibly using its own forests. The need to depend on PFLOs is becoming more evident as environmental non-governmental organizations work to restrict harvesting on the nation’s public forests. This chaptersets the stage for understanding PFLO certification, offers several alternative approaches,and explores issues that may encourage PFLO acceptance of certification.

Key words

Forest certification Forest Stewardship Council forest resource manager private forests SmartWood Scientific Certification Systems working easements forest bank Sustainable Forestry Initiative 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Washburn
    • 1
  • Richard Fletcher
    • 2
  • Jim Finley
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Forest ResourcesThe Pennsylvania State UniversityWashington, D.C.USA
  2. 2.College of ForestryOregon State UniversityCorvallisUSA
  3. 3.School of Forest ResourcesPennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

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