Wood is the only mainstream building material to have third-party certification in place to verify it is sourced from sustainably managed resources. Initially launched to combat tropical deforestation, certification schemes have become popular tools for forest products companies to promote social responsibility, environmental stewardship and the sustainability of forest products.
For details of producers who offer certified Southern Yellow Pine, visit Southern Pine Global. For producers who offer certified Douglas Fir, Western Red Cedar and other species from the Western United States, visit here.
Major forest certification schemes
There are three types of certification
- Forest Management, which certifies that the forest area is sustainably managed
according to set requirements
- Fibre Sourcing, which certifies the sustainability of the fibre sourcing systems
- Chain of Custody (CoC), which is a record-keeping process to provide evidence of an unbroken chain from forest