This study characterizes the experience of five states that have chosen to pursue third party sustainable forest certification of publicly owned lands using the principles and criteria of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Studying the impact of FSC certification on Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania may provide the Colorado State Forest Service and other forest stakeholders with an improved understanding of the potential impact of FSC certification of Colorado's public forests. This issue is especially pertinent to Colorado green builders who are attempting to acquire structural lumber from sustainably managed forests within a 500 mile (805 km) area of the construction site, as prescribed by US Green Build Council's (USGBC) Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) standards. As there are no FSC certified forests in Colorado or neighboring states, sustainable builders cannot comply with some pertinent green building standards. Additionally, It is intended that this study will support sustainable forest policy studies and facilitate continuing research on the impact of FSC certification of Colorado public forests.
|Commitee:||Guggemos, Angela, Mackes, Kurt|
|School:||Colorado State University|
|School Location:||United States -- Colorado|
|Source:||MAI 53/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Forestry, Land Use Planning, Public policy|
|Keywords:||Forest stewardship council, Forestry, Green building, Leadership in environmental and energy design, Public lands, Sustainable forest certification|
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