Overview - Michigan.gov/forestcertification
- What is Forest Certification?
Forest certification is widely seen as the most important initiative of recent decades to promote sustainable forest management. Forest certification is a voluntary process that involves independent, third party review of on-the-ground forest practices against management standards that address environmental, social and economic issues, and provides a means of recognition of well-managed forest land.
There are two major internationally recognized forest certification systems: Forest Stewardship Council ® (FSC®) and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative ® (SFI®). The 2010 FSC Forest Management Standard and the SFI 2015-2019 Forest Management Standard are independent standards, developed through transparent public review and comment processes.
To become certified or maintain certification, certificate holders must successfully undergo annual audits and periodic re-certification audits, conducted by independent, accredited auditing firms.
- Since 2005 the Michigan DNR has held dual (FSC and SFI) forest management certificates for 3.9 million acres of the Michigan state forest, one of the largest dual-certified public forest systems in the United States. The Michigan DNR does not hold a Chain of Custody certificate.
Certified forests in Michigan help to maintain and improve the global competitiveness of Michigan's certified forest products industry and ensure strong markets for state-owned timber, as many of our forest product mills want certified wood to meet their customer’s needs. Certified wood supports the forest products industry which helps the state retain and create new jobs for the economic vitality of forest-dependent rural communities in northern Michigan, which is in line with the DNR’s goal to effectively manage natural resources to build a stronger state economy.
Forest certification means more than good forest management. It provides confidence that certified wood-based products originate from well-managed forests, and that such products are manufactured responsibly. This is accomplished through chain-of-custody certification, where fiber from certified forest land moves through mills and secondary manufacturers, resulting in products that are eligible to be labeled with a certified logo.
Do your part to sustain forests by purchasing certified wood products! Look for the FSC or SFI logo.
Michigan SFI Implementation Committee "Inconsistent Practices Hotline"
Forest Management Plans
Management Guidelines and Staff Resources
Forest Certification Work Instructions
Forest Certification Reports
Forest Certification Audit Process
High Conservation Value Areas
Ecological Reference Areas
FSC Chemical Derogations
For questions regarding forest certification, please contact the Forest Certification and Conservation Specialist Keith Kintigh at firstname.lastname@example.org.