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The Asheville Regional Meeting took place on July 19, 2018, at the Collider in Asheville, NC. Participants included companies that are FSC certified and source Controlled Wood, their suppliers, Certification Bodies (auditors) and other stakeholders actively working to advance responsible forest management and enhance local economic development.


In follow-up to the Regional Meetings, FSC US has reviewed all input received from stakeholders and developed a final set of draft mitigation options for each Risk Topic. The draft mitigation options are, or will soon be, available below for public consultation. Feedback on the draft mitigation options is due to FSC US ( by Wednesday, October 10th, unless otherwise noted in the individual documents. You can provide feedback via the Discussion Forum, or directly to FSC US via email.



(not for consultation)



Specified Risk Topics that were discussed at the Asheville Regional Meeting are listed below. Hyperlinked topics have a downloadable PDF with more information, including mitigation examples. PDFs are now available. Click a topic below to download the PDF.


Ahead of the Regional Meetings, FSC US hosted a webinar to provide background information and begin to spark ideas for mitigation options. Click "Watch The Webinar" below to watch the recorded webinar.


FSC US has developed a Controlled Wood National Risk Assessment for the conterminous United States (i.e., all parts of the country except the states of Alaska, Hawaii and the U.S. territories.). All companies that wish to mix FSC-certified materials with non-certified forest materials, and are procuring these materials from forests within the assessed area (conterminous US), are required to use this risk assessment. The risk assessment will allow companies to determine if they are sourcing from regions that have been identified as having ‘specified risk’ (which is risk that is greater than ‘low’) of producing materials that fall into one of 5 categories:

  1. Illegally harvested wood

  2. Wood harvested in violation of traditional and human rights

  3. Wood from forests in which high conservation values are threatened by management activities

  4. Wood from forests being converted to plantations or non-forest use

  5. Wood from forests in which genetically modified trees are planted


Where ‘specified risk’ has been identified in the above categories, the company is required to implement mitigation actions in order to ‘control’ the materials that come from these areas.


To develop the Controlled Wood National Risk Assessment, FSC US followed a procedure developed by FSC International which has now been used throughout the world. The topics identified for discussion at these Regional Meetings are those that are designated in the Controlled Wood National Risk Assessment as ‘specified risk.’ The topics at each meeting will be regionally specific and relevant to the identified important ecological values of the region. The topics to be discussed at the Asheville meeting on July 19 are associated with category #3, and therefore, the remaining categories are all designated as ‘low risk’ for the Appalachian region. 


If you would like to review the Controlled Wood National Risk Assessment for the US itself to better understand the assessment process, it will be made available on the FSC US website.


Thursday, July 19

8:30 // Coffee

9:00 // Meeting Begins

12:00 // Lunch

1:00 // Meeting Resumes

4:30 // Meeting Wraps Up

5:00 // Cocktail Reception (details to be announced soon)


The Collider

Suite 401, 1 Haywood St.

(4th Floor Wells Fargo Building)
Asheville, NC 28801


Street parking is available, as well as nearby parking garages: Rankin Avenue Garage, Wall Street Garage, Civic Center Garage, and Biltmore Avenue Garage.


The Collider is located within walking distance of most hotels in Downtown Asheville, but there are city buses that run frequently.

College St. at Haywood St. Stop: E1, N1, E2, N2

Haywood St. at College St. Stop: N, N3


AC Hotel by Marriott Asheville Downtown

10 Broadway, Asheville, NC 28801


Haywood Park Hotel & Atrium

1 Battery Park Ave, Asheville, NC 28801


Four Points by Sheraton Asheville Downtown

22 Woodfin St, Asheville, NC 28801


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