“Stewardship requires an investment, and the marketplace needs to recognize that investment...”
Consumers now occupy a pivotal role in the emerging marketplace for "certified" wood products produced according to internationally recognized standards.
Launched in 1993, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is a non-profit organization that puts its seal on goods certified as originating from forests managed for ecosystem health, community benefits and sustainable harvests. The Council provides accreditation to independent, third-party organizations to verify that products follow a "chain of custody" from forest to consumer.
In Oregon, 74 enterprises including mills, manufacturers and distributors have received "chain of custody" certificates. The Collins Company, one of the state's private timber businesses (http://www.collinswood.com), was among the first in the U.S. to receive certification. Oregon is also home to The Joinery, the largest producer of FSC certified furniture on the West Coast (http://www.thejoinery.com).
See a complete list of Oregon enterprises with "chain of custody" certification.
Certified wood products tend to cost more than those which have no verifiable "chain of custody," but certification gives consumers more options for steering the direction of forest management.