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Pinchot focus areas:

Climate & Energy
Oregon Forest Certification
Final Report
Creating an "Oregon Forest Certification" Standard
In April 2006 the Institute completed a study of the policies, programs, and forest management practices on all of Oregon's 28 million acres of federal, state, private, tribal, and local government forestland. The study's goal was to evaluate the feasibility of creating a formal "Oregon certification standard," meaning that wood products grown on the state and private lands in Oregon, and managed consistent with existing regulations (notably, the Oregon Forest Practices Act) and voluntary requirements, would be considered as meeting this Oregon certification standard.  In turn, and in order to market the Oregon standard around the world, the state would then seek endorsement of this standard by the international Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).

A formal Oregon certification standard would be the first of its kind in the U.S.  Similarly,  Oregon also created one of the first organic produce standards in the country (i.e. Oregon Tilth).  Having this standard endorsed by PEFC would be a novel way for the state to help landowners sell their wood products in a global marketplace that increasingly demands wood products with a certification label. Based in Europe, PEFC was originally developed as a system for European countries with national-level forest sustainability standards to market their products under one label.  Now PEFC is a global organization and competes with the other major global forest certification system, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

The Pinchot Institute study showed that an Oregon certification standard would be relatively well-positioned to seek PEFC endorsement. However, to do so would require closing some gaps and spearheading a process to achieve endorsement by the PEFC Council.  At this time Oregon has not initiated this process.

For more information:

  • Final Report: Oregon Forestlands and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC): An Assessment of the Process & Basis for Eligibility [Download pdf]
  • Reference Matrix for Final Report [Download pdf]

Project Leader: Will Price, Program Director
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