Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certifies forests that adhere to rigorous criteria of stewardship and sustainability. We are committed to make participation in our FSC® group certificate as straightforward as possible. These resources highlight the most important points for forest owners to know in order to continue meeting the standard that keep your forest FSC®-certified. If you would prefer to talk to someone in person, please contact our member services director, Lindsay Malone:

By phone: 206-971-8966
By email:

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Updated November 2017

Overview of FSC responsibilities and resources

Here is a pdf with a “pro tips” summary of the basic responsibilities for maintaining FSC certification: Overview FSC Responsibilities & Resources for Members

FSC certified log sales

Here is a complete list of products from different species that can be sold as FSC certified. For those of you who are selling certified forest products please ensure that all load tickets, invoices, bills of lading, etc., contain the following:

  • Your FSC Chain of Custody code.
    • Contact NNRG’s director of member services if you are unsure of your COC number.
  • The FSC Claim: Write ‘FSC 100%’ on each load ticket.
  • Important: Please retain copies of all documentation from any logs sold as FSC certified. If your property is selected for an FSC audit, you will be asked to provide these materials to verify compliance with Chain of Custody requirements. If you have questions, let NNRG’s director of member services know.
  • Here’s a Sample Load Ticket.

List of prohibited pesticides/highly hazardous chemicals

As of October 2017, FSC has a new list of highly hazardous pesticides. Please consult the FSC Pesticides website and list of FSC List of Highly Hazardous Pesticides before you use chemicals on your property.

These common products are allowed and may be used on FSC certified forest land:

Here are a few well-known chemicals and brand names that are prohibited. FSC’s concern about these chemicals is that they do not breakdown quickly and can infiltrate groundwater or are toxic to wildlife, fish, and insects:

  • Atrazine (active ingredient: atrazine) – MSDS
  • Warrior (active ingredient: lambda-cyhalothrin) – MSDS

Reporting chemical use and harvest volumes

As part of your renewal and annual check-in we collect information about pesticide use and the volume of wood harvested from your forest. NNRG has put together an Excel workbook that may be helpful to you if you are looking for a format to document chemical use and harvest information.

NNRG will happily accept your chemical use report and harvest report in whatever format you provide, so long as we get the information during your annual renewal check-in or in advance of the group certificate audit that typically happens in the fall (October-December).

FSC® Logo Use

If you are planning to use the FSC logo, the FSC acronym, or Forest Stewardship Council® on any marketing materials, brochures, websites, etc. – Please contact NNRG’s director of member services to ask for a review of your use of the FSC logo. NNRG must obtain approval from Soil Association for all use of the FSC logo. Typically, the review and approval process takes a few days.

Continued FSC certification requires an annual check-in

The annual renewal covers a range of questions pertaining the stewardship of your forest. Some renewals can happen by email. Most require a 20-60 minute phone call. If there has been significant management activity on your land (harvest >5,000 board feet, new roads or culverts, etc.) – we’ll arrange to do a site visit to verify that practices are consistent with FSC standards.

Local FSC certified wood products businesses

If you are preparing for a timber sale or are looking to market specific materials, consider collaborating with local FSC certified manufacturers and other wood products businesses. Our partner organization, Sustainable Northwest, manages a group certificate for artisans, woodworkers, manufacturers, and other businesses that incorporate FSC certified wood into their products. Some of our NCF members have collaborated with these businesses to create and sell beautiful products.

NNRG receives inquires from wood products buyers about available FSC materials. We tell our FSC certified members about these inquiries immediately.

Service agreement for FSC certification

Landowner and land managers who join NNRG’s FSC group certificate must sign a service agreement stating adherence to the requirements and processes related to Forest Stewardship Council certification. “Eligible landowners must demonstrate a long-term commitment to meeting and maintaining the FSC standards in their forest management, both through the signing of the NCF service agreement, the content of their management plan, and their on-the-ground performance during field assessments.” 

Membership manual for FSC certified landowners

The purpose of this manual is to guide landowner and land managers through the process of Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certification as a Member of the Northwest Certified Forestry (NCF) FSC group certificate. This manual explains FSC standards and policies as they relate to NCF Members in Washington and Oregon.

FSC’s principles, standards, and indicators

The guidance for managing forests to the Forest Stewardship Council’s standards is . Detailed information can be found on our website, the NCF Membership Manual-Updated 2016, as well as FSC’s online resources.

Verify NNRG’s FSC certified landowners

Confirmation of landowners enrolled in NNRG’s FSC group certificate can be verified in two ways:

  1. Check FSC’s Public Search database – enter the name of forest in the organization field
  2. Check our posted list of FSC certified members – this list is updated whenever there are information changes