Forest Stewardship Council ~ Protecting our Forests and Hardwoods

According to its mission statement, The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an “independent, non-governmental, not for profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests.” Initially created in 1993 as a response to concerns over global deforestation, FSC is a “pioneer forum where the global consensus on responsible forest management convenes and through democratic process effects solutions to the pressures facing the world’s forests and forest-dependent communities.”

The group is comprised of independent members from diverse arenas encompassing environmental entities; timber and forestry professionals among many others. The primary goal of FSC is to ensure our dwindling forests are protected and replenished. The group encourages sustainable harvesting and wood management. Poor harvesting over long periods of time has led to serious adverse effects and loss of valuable resources.

Timber manufacturing is a modern day necessity ~ not merely within the flooring industry but encompassing a wide array of products. The FSC ensures responsible management of the world’s forests along with massive replanting of trees. This, in turn, guarantees strong regrowth, replenished forests and a continued green initiative to keep our environment stable and healthy.

The FSC provides certification of sustainable and green hardwoods for the general consumer. FSC certification includes all hardwoods truly meet the green and sustainable criteria; i.e. planting and logging are selective and designed to prevent deforestation and the wood in question is from a hardy and specially selected species designed to rejuvenate within an allotted period of time.

The FSC certification label is available on a myriad of wood products including hardwoods. Although the FSC is considered the leading authority in this area, it is not without its detractors.

The FSC has been criticized as being a “lackey” to special interests and not taking a serious enough stance against deforestation. Although critics have been quite local and vociferous, the FSC remains a force in the fight to protect our forests from those who would create lasting and irreparable damage.

Finally, keep in mind that although the FSC is not the final voice in this debate, it is, nevertheless, a consistent, long-lasting and dedicated voice in the continuing battle to ensure our hardwoods are sustained and replenished for generations to come.