Forest Certification and Sustainability

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Sustainable forestry practices help promote the long-term use of wood in building construction.

Kudos to the folks at Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI)!

For a concise rundown of how forest certification programs demonstrate environmental and economic sustainability while meeting the diverse goals of family forest landowners, check out a recent post on the OFRI blog.

Independent programs like the American Tree Farm System (ATFS), the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) promote third-party standards to provide systematic confidence for consumers, architects, engineers, and builders choosing the best and most sustainable wood building materials.

For more on wood as a “green” building material, read this Lab Notes post regarding USDA Secretary Vilsack’s support for US builders to use more wood. You can also read the full FPL “Green Building” report: Science Supporting the Economic and Environmental Benefits of Using Wood and Wood Products in Green Building Construction