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Implementation Support for FSC Controlled Wood

NRA Specified Risk 


FSC considers materials that come from places where forests are converted to non-forest use or plantation to be unacceptable, no matter the reason for the conversion. FSC is working to ensure that there is a low risk of forest materials from forest conversions being used in FSC-certified products.

Overall in the US, the rates of forest loss are very low – with forest losses being balanced by forest gains. However, numerous sources indicate that forest losses are most often driven by urban development. Rates of urban development are highest and most recent in the Pacific Coast and Southeast regions of the US. Therefore, the greatest risk of materials entering the supply chain from conversions will most likely be in these areas; however, the risk is not consistent across these regions.

MixedWood Mitigation Resources

MixedWood Fact Sheet (Electronic & Print)

Suitable for electronic and print distribution to suppliers, landowners, and interested stakeholders. Includes a general description of the Specified Risk subject with links to mitigation actions and additional information.

Current Version: v4.0
Revision Update: December 2022
Reviewed: December 2022

MixedWood Additional Resource Package

A collection of downloadable resources for information and mitigation recommendations.

Updated with new resources: 9/1/2020

FSC Mitigation Options & Resources
for Conversion

FSC US has created a number of map-related resources to assist a certificate holder in determining if their supply area overlaps an area of specified risk. Click on the map below to view larger and to save for your own reference.

FSC offers spatial data layouts by request, as well as a list of counties that overlap specified risk areas. You can find more information about those here.

This document provides lists of organizations, regional programs, collaborative partnerships, research groups, and universities, or agencies who are working on issues relevant to Conversion. The documents are provided as resources for certified organizations as they seek to implement mitigation options. The lists will continue to be updated as new information is identified.

For a complete list of mitigation resources for multiple/all specified risks, you can read more here.

FSC released Controlled Wood Regional Meeting Reports for three major US regions which can be found under the applicable region pages on our site. These reports contain the final mitigation options, along with background information on the Regional Meetings and the mitigation option development process. They are meant to assist a certificate holder in implementing control measures and mitigation options.

MixedWood created a PDF document excerpt of Annex 2 and Annex 3 from these Regional Meeting Reports for each Specified Risk.

– Annex 2 lists Mitigation Options by Specified Risk Topic

– Annex 3 provides a Specified Risk Overview, why FSC designated each as a High Conservation Value (HCV), in-depth identified threats and concerns, and more information about what FSC would like to achieve with your help.

Download Annex 2: Mitigation Options and Annex 3: Specified Risk Overview for Conversion

The following guidance for implementation of Control Measure 4.1 includes an explanation of terminology and examples of sources of forest materials that would and would not be considered to fall within the scope of this control measure.


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