Sustainable Tree Harvesting: FSC Certified

As I was driving back to Charlotte from my easter break at Bald Head Island off the coast of North Carolina, south of Wilmington, I noticed the interchanging of forests and barren land.  I couldn’t help but notice how some forests looked as if they had been sustainably harvested with the majority of the trees of same size and evenly spaced as to allow for proper growth.  Other areas looked very barren, still containing a black residue from when the underbrush was burned after timber was clear cut.  I was immediately inspired to use sustainable harvesting as my blog topic.  I felt others needed to understand that there are proper ways of doing things, creating a balanced system of growth and harvesting.

     When planning to build a tradition timber frame structure, you should consider the type of wood you use as well as how it was harvested.  The Forestry Stewardship Council, or FSC, enables one to choose forest products that are certified to be harvested in a way that does not contribute to global forest destruction. These properly managed forests ensure long term supply of timber while protecting the environment and ensuring a good quality of life to forest-dependent peoples.  The FSC can offer solutions for people like: Builders, Forest and Woodland Owners and Managers, Timber Processors, Manufacturers of timber and non-timber products, Paper producers, Publishers, Printers, Importers, Retailers, End users, Architects, and Consumers.

     The Forest Stewardship Council is an international, non-governmental organization that is dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world’s forests.  The FSC was founded in 1993 in response to public concern about deforestation and demand for a trustworthy wood labeling scheme.  FSC includes national working groups in 28 countries including the UK.  FSC UK is a registered charity that is supported by NGO’s, or Non-Government Organizations.  These organizations include: WWF, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, and the Woodland Trust.  

     With the use of special equipment and certain machines that reduce impact on compaction and forest destruction, the FSC can harvest wood in a proper manner.  This council is vital to help protect the forests that provide us with everyday resources.  Over 80% of timber is harvested using illegal methods.  Any aim to limit these poor acts is a good thing and can help in conserving the health of our forests as well as the ground in which the forests vitally depend.  Often times governments require the use of FSC certified products.  This kind of requirement will help increase awareness and importance of properly managing not only our forests, but all natural resources.

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