Chain-of-Custody Group Certification

Chain-of-Custody Group Certification is a cost-effective tool available to help small businesses become FSC certified.

Companies can join existing Group Certificates, as opposed to becoming certified on their own, and this helps save on some of the associated costs.

To be eligible to join a group, a company’s gross annual sales in forest-related products must be under $5 million for forest products. 

Groups are formed independently from the FSC, so if you are interested in finding out more about joining a group please contact the group managers listed below.

Every group listed below has their own qualifications for joining, so please read the information provided in their scope to find out what groups your company would fit into best.


Center for Forest and Wood Certification

Regional scope: Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi

Industry scope: All certification types including loggers, paper, paper converters, printing, solid wood products, sawmills, chip mills, distributors, mill work and veneer. Controlled wood and reclaimed/recycled certificates also available.

Contact:
Christopher Reeves
info@forestcertificationcenter.org
(855) 579-2690


Forest Product Certification Group, LLC

Offers three groups: Forest Products Certification Group, Renewable Resources Certification Group and Ever Green Certification Group

Regional scope: Throughout the US - Every state, Puerto Rico

Industry scope: All Chain-of-Custody certification types within paper, printing, solid wood products, mill work, chips, veneer, round wood, primary processors and loggers. Includes Reclaimed Wood and Controlled Wood options.

Contact:
Bob Edmonds
robertleeedmonds@gmail.com
www.forestproductsgroup.org
(603) 312-2065


Sustainable Northwest

Regional scope: California, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington

Industry scope: All Chain-of-Custody certification types for solid wood product groups and loggers

Contact:
Paul Vanderford
paulv@sustainablenorthwest.org
(503) 221-6911 x109
(503) 730-9434 (cell)


Indiana Department of Natural Resources - Division of Forestry

Regional scope: Indiana

Industry scope: Primary and secondary forest products industry

Contact:
Jeff Settle
jsettle@dnr.IN.gov
812-358-2160

InGreen

Regional scope: Throughout the US

Industry scope: Printers, distributors and paper converters

Contact:
Rick Huntoon
rickh@ingreenprinter.com
(214) 228-1448


Small Business Certification Network

Regional scope: Throughout the US

Industry scope: all chain of custody certification types

Contact:
Chris Gibbons
chris@americangreenconsulting.com
(888) 662-8854 ext. 1

Regional Affiliate Certificate Group

Regional scope: Throughout the US

Industry scope: For printers and all firms serving the graphic communications industry

Contact:
Jim Tepper
jimt@racgus.org
(508) 523-9033


Sustainable Resources Institute, Inc.

Regional scope: Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin

Industry scope: Chain-of-Custody certification for loggers

Contact:
Don Peterson
sri_dpeterson@sbcglobal.net
(877) 284-3882


The Trust to Conserve Northeast Forestlands

Regional scope: Northeastern US

Industry scope: Chain-of-Custody certification for loggers and solid wood product groups

Contact:
Edward Wright
executivedirector@tcnef.org
(207) 688-8195

True North Certified Forest Products Network

Regional scope: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, South Dakota, and North Dakota

Industry scope: Chain-of-Custody certification for solid wood product groups

Contact:
Gary Winget
gary@truenorthcertified.com
(651) 223-5629


Vermont Woodnet

Regional scope: Vermont

Industry scope: All Chain-of-Custody certification types

Contact:
Judy Balch
jlbalch@yahoo.com
802-892-7786


Wood Products Associated Industries

Regional scope: Throughout the US

Industry scope: All Chain-of-Custody certification types for solid wood product groups

Contact:
Lisa Hill
lhill@wilmarconsultants.com
(276) 623-3441


WPMA Wood Products Manufacturers Association

Regional scope: Throughout the US

Industry scope: All Chain-of-Custody certification types for solid wood product groups

Contact:
Philip Bibeau
philip@wpma.org
978-874-5445