Forestry Services

  • Overview
  • Forest Management
  • Procurement
  • Chain of Custody
  • Wood Pellet Certification
  • Certification Process

NSF International is a global leader in registrations and certifications. As a third-party provider, we conduct independent audits of your organization’s forestry operations, giving you a competitive edge as a leader in running an environmentally-conscious business.

NSF is one of only a few certification bodies accredited to conduct audits to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and American Tree Farm System (ATFS) standards. In addition, we can provide integrated SFI and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) audits that can save time, money and resources.

For more information, call +1 734.827.5668 or email sustainability@nsf.org.

Forest Management

Forest management systems aim to balance commercial values with preservation of forest health and diversity. Every organization has different needs, so our services are customizable to meet your organization’s goals. Choices include:

  • Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI 2015-2019 Standard, Section 2)
  • American Tree Farm System (ATFS 2015-2020) certification (applies to small family forest landowners in the U.S.)
  • Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification (offered through a partner firm and can be combined with certification from NSF)

Benefits of Certification

In addition to protecting the environment, forestry certification through NSF provides:

  • Brand protection through competitive differentiation and a demonstrated commitment to social responsibility
  • Preferred vendor status with customers seeking more sustainable solutions
  • Recognized sustainable management of your forest lands for future generations
  • New sources of Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), American Tree Farm System (ATFS) or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood or maintenance of existing sources as end users shift to requiring certification

Procurement

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) 2015-2019 Fiber Sourcing Standard (Section 3) requires organizations procuring wood directly from forests to show that the raw material in their supply chain comes from legal and responsibly-managed sources.

Wood and fiber that meet the fiber sourcing requirements of the SFI standard are readily available throughout North America. This program focuses on the core concerns of customers who care about forests, assuring that the wood has been harvested legally and does not come from endangered forests. SFI-certified fiber in this program is sourced from responsible firms who have demonstrated significant programs to promote reforestation, protect forest soils and water quality, provide information for wildlife protection and help all parts of the industry become more environmentally sound in their practices.

Benefits of Certification

Certification allows your company to promote its commitment to supporting programs that promote reforestation, protect forest soils and water quality, provide information for wildlife protection and help all parts of the industry become more environmentally sound in their practices. This program focuses on the core concerns of customers who care about forests, assuring that the wood has been harvested legally and does not come from endangered forests.

Chain of Custody

Chain of custody (CoC) is a system of tracking fiber from certified forest content through manufacturing to end product. Any organization that processes or trades certified forest products, including manufacturers of paper and wood-based products, converters, printers, wood dealers, wholesalers or brokers, can seek CoC certification.

NSF International offers CoC certification to several standards:

  • Sustainable Forestry Initiative 2015-2019, Section 4: Chain of Custody Standard
  • Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC ST 2002:2013)
  • Sustainable Biomass Partnership (SBP Standard Version 1)
  • Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification (offered through a partner firm and can be combined with SFI and/or PEFC certification from NSF)

Benefits of Certification

In addition to protecting the environment, chain of custody certification provides:

  • New distribution channels for manufacturers or retailers who require certified materials
  • Access to international markets through mutual recognition programs (PEFC)
  • Preferred vendor status with customers seeking more sustainable solutions
  • Certification marks that which link your product or organization to more sustainable forests

Wood Pellet Certification

The Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP) is a not-for-profit organization led by European utility companies that use biomass in their power generation facilities. The SBP Framework is a set of six certification standards designed for woody biomass, mostly in the form of wood pellets and wood chips, used in industrial, large-scale energy production.

The aim of SBP is to create an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable woody biomass supply chain that contributes to a low carbon economy. The standards allow companies in the biomass sector to demonstrate compliance with legal, regulatory and sustainability requirements relating to woody biomass. By achieving certification to the SBP standards, wood pellet producers and distributors mitigate certain trade barriers, as well as fulfill legal, regulatory and sustainability requirements.

The SBP Framework builds on the existing Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). Responsibly-sourced woody biomass can add value to FSC and PEFC certified forests and wood pellets. Certification to SBP enables North American manufacturers to meet most European requirements for import.

Certification Process

The process of forestry certification generally involves these steps:

  1. Your company submits an application.
  2. We complete an on-site audit.
  3. You receive certification approval.
  4. We submit the certificate to the oversight body, such as the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) or Sustainable Biomass Partnership (SBP) for registration.
  5. We complete regular surveillance audits, verifying ongoing conformance.

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