Have you ever noticed a little logo of a tree and a check mark on the copyright page of a book? It means the publisher and printer of that book are dedicated to the Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC) mission “to promote environmentally sound, socially beneficial and economically prosperous management of the world’s forests.”
The FSC is a non-profit organization actively protecting forests for future generations. All FSC-certified paper is created from trees grown in FSC-certified forests, which as of April 2015, covered 166,079,560 acres in the US and Canada. This designation encompasses a lot–from environmental impact to the rights of indigenous peoples in the area. The FSC has many strict regulations regarding forest management, including the following:
- Protection of water quality
- Refusal to harvest rare old-growth forests
- Protection of natural forest cover
- Prohibition of highly hazardous chemicals
One really cool feature of the Forest Stewardship Council is that it relies on community engagement. It is a membership-led organization, and members have the power to vote on organizational policy and governance.