Certification: Building Standards for Sustainable Forests

23 October 2013

Pretty much anyone who works in sustainable forestry these days will tell you that certification is the cornerstone of a responsible eco-conscious forestry program. Whether you are a forester whose objective is to show that you are harvesting wood products responsibly, or you are a private family tree farm owner who is committed to contributing to sustainable forest management, certification counts.

To find out more about why this process is important, we caught up with Mike Ferrucci, program manager and auditor for NSF International. NSF provides third-party certification and audits for several sustainable forest management organizations, including Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and American Tree Farm System (ATFS). They also provide contract audits for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), which arranges its third-party certification through SCS Global.

Ferrucci’s knowledge of forestry practices is expansive. His 35 years in the field has included practical experience both as a private forestry consultant and as a certification program manager and auditor. He has surveyed everything from state-managed public forests to small private family tree farms, and his experience in the field has put him in touch with a wide spectrum of forestry standards.

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