Identifying Practical Actions to Mitigate Risks in Controlled Wood Procurement

An FSC Public Consultation Process on Forest Management and Risk Mitigation in the US

Visit the meeting pages for Consultation Guidance and to download Draft Mitigation Option documents

The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) hosted three regional meetings this summer to help identify practical actions that companies can take to reduce the risk of procuring wood from forests where important ecological values are threatened. The meetings are one part of FSC’s revised approach to Controlled Wood.


Regional Meeting participants included stakeholders actively working to advance responsible forest management and enhance local economic development.


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Much like renewable energy, which is mixed with non-renewable sources on the electrical grid, FSC allows certified manufacturers to mix wood and fiber from FSC certified forests with non-certified materials to produce ‘FSC Mix’ labeled products. But FSC has an additional safeguard - requiring that non-certified materials be controlled to reduce the risk of sourcing from objectionable forestry practices (such as harvesting that threatens high conservation values or the conversion of forests to non-forest uses). This control of non-certified forest materials is required whether the materials are mixed in as part of a percentage claim or over time as part of a credit system (where FSC Mix claims are equal to the amount of FSC-certified and recycled inputs over a given period). The material subject to this risk mitigation is referred to as Controlled Wood.


For more information about Controlled Wood, please visit the Forest Stewardship Council US website: https://us.fsc.org/en-us/certification/controlled-wood.



The regional meetings focused on identifying effective and practical ways to reduce the risks associated with sourcing from non-FSC-certified forests in the respective regions, including the following:

  • Asheville Meeting (Appalachian Region) – Concentrations of biodiversity in the central and southern Appalachian Mountains, risks related to a rare salamander, and Mesophytic Cove Sites as a rare forest type.

  • Atlanta Meeting (Southeast/Mississippi Alluvial Valley Regions) – Risks related to forest conversion, three rare amphibians, areas with concentrations of biodiversity (Cape Fear Arch, Florida Panhandle, Central Florida), and Late Successional Bottomland Hardwoods and Native Longleaf Pine systems as rare forest types.

  • Portland Meeting (Pacific Coast/Rocky Mountain Regions) – Risks related to forest conversion, two rare salamanders, areas with concentrations of biodiversity (Klamath-Siskiyou, Sierra Nevada) and old growth forest as a rare forest type.


Ahead of the Regional Meetings this summer, 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.


Participate in the discussion forum to share ideas and provide feedback about practical actions that companies can take to promote positive impacts on forest management, and reduce the risk of procuring wood from forests where important ecological values are threatened.


Please reach out with any questions, comments, or concerns.
Email: standardsforum@us.fsc.org
Phone: +1 612.353.4511

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