Wood grows naturally and is renewable. Responsible forest management helps to ensure that forests are legally harvested and managed to meet society's long-term demand for forest products.
Sustainable forest management involves meeting society’s need for forest products and other benefits, while respecting the values people attach to forests and preserving forest health and diversity for the future. Modern forest practices maintain a balance of forest values, including water and soil quality, fish and wildlife habitat, and biodiversity, as well as community and recreational opportunities.
North American third-party forest certification systems include:
The CSA and SFI standards are recognized by the international Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).
Wood is the only material with third-party certification programs in place to verify that products originate from a sustainably managed resource.