Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

  • Requires well-managed forestry practices, including the preservation of habitat and watersheds through less-intensive harvesting, reduction of streamside erosion, and avoidance of synthetic pesticides except where strictly monitored.
  • It prohibits the use of genetically modified organisms and limits use of plantations but allows restricted clear-cutting (FCS).
  • FSC Chain of Custody certification ensures that products have met FSC standards from raw materials through processing, transformation, manufacturing, and distribution.