As Kingan Forestry is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, we can supply timber from uncertified sources to the markets under our own certificate as ‘FSC Controlled Wood’.
The FSC is an international non-profit organisation established in 1993 to promote responsible management of the world’s forests.
The group is member-led group and organised into social, environmental, and economic chambers that have equal authority. Members elect the board of directors and vote on major decisions. Anyone committed to responsible forest management can become a member of FSC.
Kingan Forestry’s level of certification ensures that the Chain of Custody for all material is traceable back to the source. It also gives our customers and growers peace of mind that all our processes are independently audited to ensure the woodland standard is met.
FSC’s forest management standards expand protection of water quality, prohibit harvest of rare old-growth forest, prevent loss of natural forest cover and prohibit highly hazardous chemicals, which are all unique aspects of the system.
FSC requires forest managers – on both public and private lands – to engage local community members and to protect customary rights of indigenous people, ensuring their voices are part of the certification process and impacts of forest operations are addressed. In addition, FSC requires the results of certification audits to be released to the public, even on private lands, which makes FSC unique among forest certifications.
Access to Markets
Many major companies have policies that state a preference for FSC-certified products. Green building standards, including the US Green Building Council’s LEED program, provide incentives for using FSC-certified materials. Increasingly, consumers are requesting FSC-certified products in retail stores across the country and many governments now require the use of FSC-certified products.