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Certification on Public and University Lands: Evaluations of FSC and SFI by the Forest Managers

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Three state public forest management agencies, a federal historic area, and two universities with extensive research forests participated in a study to test the applicability of the two major forest management certification programs to their forestlands. Two separate field-based assessments were performed on the same lands at approximately the same time. The agencies then participated in a “reverse evaluation,” in which they judged the relevance of independent, third-party certification to their mission and goals, and the degree to which each certification process facilitated improvements in the conservation and sustainable management of their forests. Among other differences between the certification programs, agency personnel found that SFI auditors were more rigorous in their expectations for continuous improvement, and FSC was more thorough in its coverage of biological, ecological, and social issues.

Keywords: environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources; public forests; sustainability

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: President Pinchot Institute for Conservation, 1616 P Street NW, Washington, DC, 20036, 2: Program Associate Pinchot Institute for Conservation, 1616 P Street NW, Washington, DC, 20036, 3: Vice-President Mater Engineering, Ltd., Corvallis, Oregon,

Publication date: December 1, 2003

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.

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