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Companies and consumers around the world want to know that their wood products are coming from well-managed forests. Forest certification is a way to prove that a forest is managed in a way that provides forest products while protecting water quality, soil, plants, wildlife, and special features. A third party, such as Forest Stewardship Council, sets forest management standards and then verifies that certified owners are following their standards. As a benefit of the Classified Forest and Wildlands Program, program landowners can join the Indiana Classified Forest Certified Group which provides certification through the Forest Stewardship Council. Certification is voluntary and provided at no cost to Classified Forest and Wildlands landowners.
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is a nonprofit organization devoted to encouraging the responsible management of the world’s forests. FSC sets high standards that ensure forestry is practiced in an environmentally responsible, socially beneficial, and economically viable way.