Certified forest managers have demonstrated their commitment to sustainability. They have devoted substantial effort to ensuring that their forest management meets the requirements of the Australian Standard® for Sustainable Forest Management, and they have been independently audited by an accredited certification body.
The Sustainable Forest Management standard contains nine elements
Forest management shall be undertaken in a systematic manner appropriate to the nature and scale of the enterprise and provide for continual improvement.
Forest management shall demonstrate proactive stakeholder engagement.
Forest management shall maintain or enhance biodiversity.
Forest Productive Capacity
Forest management shall maintain the productive capacity of forests and land.
Forest Ecosystem Health
Forest management shall maintain forest ecosystem health and vitality.
Soil and Water Resources
Forest management shall protect soil and water resources
Forest management shall maintain or enhance forests’ contribution to the carbon cycle
Forest management shall protect and maintain, for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, their natural, cultural, social, recreational, religious and spiritual heritage values.
Social and Economic Benefits
Forest management shall maintain and enhance long-term social and economic benefits.