Forest Management

FSC Certification

Audit team discuss operational details
with harvest contractor

The SFMA has been recognized for practicing exemplary forest management, maintaining Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certification since 2001. Baxter State Park and the SFMA staff are committed to the concepts and ideals as set forth in the Principles of the FSC® certification program. SFMA staff are continually searching for ways to improve the standard of forest management practiced in the Park. Under FSC® rules a full re-assessment of the SFMA management program is conducted by a certifying body. The most recent of these 5 year audits took place in the summer of 2011. A smaller scale audit is conducted annually to ensure continued compliance with FSC® principles and successful remediation of any deficiencies found during previous audits.