When you choose FSC®, you help support principles and actions that protect our air, water, and overall quality of life.
Forests naturally filter much of the world’s fresh water. FSC protects rivers, lakes and wetlands where laws or industry-based guidelines are often inadequate.
FSC prohibits the conversion of natural forest to plantations or other non-forest uses such as real estate development or agriculture.
Our certified forest owners follow nature’s lead in how they harvest to ensure forests remain healthy.
These protections extend to species at risk of becoming threatened or endangered, covering a broad array of vulnerable plants and animals.
Rare old-growth forests are conserved, as are other forests of high conservation value.
FSC recognizes and upholds the legal and customary rights of indigenous peoples’ as well as protecting areas of cultural significance.
FSC tightly restricts the use of highly hazardous pesticides, many of which are commonly used in the US and Canada.