Galleher offers a wide variety of wood flooring products that are genuinely FSC certified (FSC ® C092805) . We are committed to supporting and promoting sustainable forest management and the ethical harvesting of the world’s most environmentally friendly flooring material: wood.
NOTE: Since FSC- certified products aren’t always in stock, it’s best to allow some lead time when ordering them from us.
Forest certification is a voluntary process intended to ensure consumers that the wood products they buy are backed by responsible forest practices. On-the-ground forestry operations are assessed against a set of environmental and social standards. If they pass, their timber is “certified,” and if the wood follows a “chain of custody” from forest to end user.
The Forest Stewardship Council ® is a not-for-profit organization that accredits certifiers whose programs conform to its internationally-recognized standards. FSC is supported by most major environmental groups, including World Wildlife Fund, The Nature Conservancy, Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Sierra Club.
The purpose of forest certification is to promote sustainable forestry. Responsible forestry has social and economic as well as environmental components. Among other things, well-managed forestry operations take into account ecosystem health, wildlife habitat, environmentally sensitive areas, water and soil quality, and the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities.
Promoting sustainable forestry is key to saving forests. Building markets for responsible forest products creates incentives for people to preserve forest as forest instead of converting it to other uses. Around the world, forests are being cleared to make way for housing developments, cattle grazing, and agriculture. Deforestation and forest burning in the tropics has been identified as the second largest source – after the energy sector – of emissions of the greenhouse gases that threaten climatic stability. Irresponsible logging compromises the health and integrity of forest ecosystems, soils, and waterways. In parts of the developing world, illegal logging rampant.
Source: Forest Stewardship Council ®