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Technical Updates

Sunday, 01 December 2002
NE, SE Standards Approved

The FSC International Board of Directors has approved the regional certification standards for the Northeast and Southeast regions. Regional standards provide specific indicators for application of the FSC Principles and Criteria, adapting them to address region-specific ecological, economic, and social needs.

The Northeast and Southeast standards join the Lakes States and Rocky Mountain standards as regional standards that have been endorsed by the FSC International Board of Directors. The Pacific Coast, Southwest, and Ozark-Ouachita standards have all been completed and approved by the FSC-US Board and are at various stages in the endorsement process at FSC-International. The Appalachian standard and the Mississippi Alluvial Valley standard are currently out for public comment with endorsement by the FSC-US Board expected this December.

Final endorsement of the Northeast and Southeast standards represents the hands-on involvement of volunteer members of the NE and SE regional working groups. This stakeholder-based method of standards development is unique to FSC and provides a voice to a broad range of groups and individuals in each region. The U.S. Board and staff greatly appreciate the commitment of regional working group members and coordinators. For more information,