Wood grows naturally and is renewable. 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.
Responsible forest management of North American forests is achieved through adherence to federal, state and provincial laws, best management practices, and third-party forest certification systems.
- American Tree Farm System (ATFS)
- Canadian Standards Association's Sustainable Forest Management Standards (CSA)
- Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
- Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)
The CSA and SFI standards are recognized by the international Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) schemes.