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FSC® Forest Management

Certification for Responsible Forest Management

Brendan Grady   |  
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Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) forest management certification strengthens your position in the marketplace - guaranteeing your customers that products from your forestry operations meet the world's most stringent environmental, economic, and social standards for responsible forest management.


An accredited certification body since the inception of FSC, SCS Global Services brings more than 20 years of experience to the certification of forest management operations. Our FSC responsible forestry certifications span five continents and more than 30 million acres, worldwide. This track record of success reflects the professionalism of our assessment teams, fast and reliable service, effective stakeholder engagement, and a deep commitment to FSC's mission and objectives.

SCS also offers Controlled Wood Certification for forest management operations not ready for full FSC certification.

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SCS offers FSC certification to all types and sizes of forest operations including private companies, government forestry agencies, timberland investment management organizations, and community forests, as well as individual and groups of small landowners.

  • Forest Management for single-site or multi-site: A forest management entity with one or several sites operating under a single forest management plan.

  • Small and Low Intensity Managed Forests (SLIMF): Streamlined certification protocols for small operators or groups of operators with low harvest levels or under a regionally-specified size limit.

  • Group Certification: Certification protocols for multiple landowners or forest managers seeking certification under one certificate, under the direction of a group manager.

  • Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP): Certification protocols for operations that harvest non-timber forest products, such as ornamentals and consumables.

Information is available on the FSC website about our certified clients and entities currently undergoing evaluation.

Complementary Services

In addition to FSC Forest Management Certification, SCS provides certification to the FSC Chain of Custody standard, timber legality verification, carbon footprint, and forest carbon offset verification. Contact us to find out which certification best suits your organization.

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