Forest Management

FSC Certification

Audit team discuss operational details
with harvest contractor

The SFMA has been recognized for practicing exemplary forest management, receiving Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification in 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.