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Forest Certification of State and University Lands in North Carolina: A Comparison

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North Carolina State University, Duke University, and the North Carolina Division of Forest Resources (DFR) recently received both Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) certification for their forests. Meeting SFI standards required better environmental management systems, improved use of best management practices, and better recordkeeping but few subsequent forest management changes. FSC required about the same environmental system changes but more forest management changes to favor future natural stand management and biodiversity protection. Costs included changes in forest management and recordkeeping to achieve forest certification, inspection expenses, prescribed changes in forest management, forgone timber revenues, and more stakeholder consultation. Benefits can include an improved professional reputation, better worker safety and training, better records and processes, more active public involvement, enhanced knowledge for outreach, better environmental management systems, more holistic management, and perhaps higher timber prices or greater market access.
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Keywords: environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources; sustainability; third-party auditing

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Professor Department of Forestry, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, 27695-8008, [email protected] 2: Visiting Assistant Professor Department of Forestry, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, 27695-8008 3: College Forest Manager Department of Forestry, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, 27695-8008 4: College Forest Manager (Retired) Department of Forestry, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, 27695-8008 5: Duke Forest Manager Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina 6: Professor Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina 7: Director of Technical Services (Retired) Bladen Lakes State Forest, Division of Forest Resources, North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, ^MRaleigh 8: Forest Management Chief (Retired) Bladen Lakes State Forest, Division of Forest Resources, North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, ^MRaleigh 9: Forest Supervisor Bladen Lakes State Forest, Division of Forest Resources, North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, ^MRaleigh

Publication date: 2003-12-01

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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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