According to the Rainforest Alliance, sustainable forestry provides a way of using trees and non-timber forest products ecological way to meet people's ever-increasing need for lumber, paper and other products, without degrading forest ecosystems. Sustainable forestry is a process by which companies adopt more responsible practices: they increase protection of soils, waterways and wildlife, and they treat workers and neighboring communities fairly. Sustainable forestry ensures that forests lands retain their economic value for the long term. When a forest loses its economic value, it can face transformation into ranchland or housing developments.
In addition to eco friendly lumber companies we have loaded our site with a great deal of information about North America timber lands and the many hardwood lumber species, which you may find in old buildings that you own. Again, one of the main purposes of our web site is to help you find us so we can help you find businesses that are experienced with properly recovering the antique lumber that you may discover in an old building that is being demolished.
What Is Chain of Custody Certification?
Chain of Custody (COC) provides a reliable information link between raw material in a forest-based product and the origin of that raw material. This helps environmentally concerned consumers receive assurance that the products they purchase and use come from well-managed forests. A certifying body can provide third-party certification linked to FSC (worldwide), SFI (North America), PEFC (worldwide), or customized claims about the sources of forest-based raw materials in your products.
Benefits of COC
Chain of custody certification helps organizations meet the needs of their customers and the demands of the marketplace. Increasing number of consumers seek proof of environmentally sound business practices. Your chain of custody certification provides assurance that products are produced and sourced responsibly. FSC, SFI and PEFC chain of custody are linked in an independent, global, third-party movement to assure that information about sources of forest products is reliable and beneficial to all involved. With your certification you can use the FSC, SFI (and/or PEFC) logos and the appropriate on-product labels which link your product back to individually-certified forests.
Below is a table of the most common hardwood species in North America:
Reclaim Hardwood Lumber