Eventual certification of the assessed lands was not a requirement of the project but a number of agencies are expected to go forward with full certifications. Tennessee recently completed FSC certification of 100%, or 180,000 acres, of their state forests (see the 2/1/02 edition of this newsletter).
The Pinchot Institute has been involved with FSC certification for several years. The organization participated in the certification of 2.1 million acres in Pennsylvania, 500,000 acres in Minnesota, and 700,000 acres in New York. They also facilitated an FSC audit of 1.2 million acres of Washington state land. To see the full results of the study, visit the current news section of www.pinchot.org. For a paper-based comparison study on forest certification, visit www.merid.org/comparison.