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Go deeper with this collection of climate-smart forestry resources. Explore studies, educational PDFs, and external links.

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Tools for Calculating Carbon Impact
Wood Sourcing Tool from the American Wood Council

Use this tool to assess regional carbon impacts.

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NAFO Flyers
Climate-Smart Forestry Overview

Climate-Smart Forestry one-pager from National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO)

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NAFO Flyers
Climate-Smart Forestry Framework

Climate-Smart Forestry one-pager from National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO)

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NAFO Flyers
Climate-Smart Forestry Assurances

Climate-Smart Forestry one-pager from National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO)

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Assuring Sustainability of Forestland and Fiber Sourcing
Fight Climate Change? Choose Sustainable Forest Products

Forestland Certification – Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)

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Assuring Sustainability of Forestland and Fiber Sourcing
2022 SFI Standards and Rules

Forestland Certification – Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)

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Assuring Sustainability of Forestland and Fiber Sourcing
Fiber Sourcing Standard

Fiber-Sourcing Certification – Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)

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Assuring Sustainability of Forestland and Fiber Sourcing
Chain of Custody Standard

Fiber-Sourcing Certification – Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)

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Assuring Sustainability of Forestland and Fiber Sourcing
Why Forests Matter for the Climate

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) – Note: The FSC standard varies widely from country to country, and across regions within a country, so there is no standard FSC guidance related to climate and carbon that can be cited.

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Assuring Sustainability of Forestland and Fiber Sourcing
Chain of Custody Certification

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

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Assuring Sustainability of Forestland and Fiber Sourcing
Small Landowner Forest Certification

American Tree Farm System

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Assuring Sustainability of Forestland and Fiber Sourcing
2021 Standard of Sustainability

American Tree Farm System

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Assuring Sustainability of Forestland and Fiber Sourcing
What is Sustainable Forest Management?

Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes (PEFC)

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Assuring Sustainability of Forestland and Fiber Sourcing
Supply Chain Companies

Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes (PEFC)

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Best Management Practices
A National Perspective on Best Management Practices

National Association of State Foresters

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Best Management Practices
What Are Forest Best Management Practices?

American Forest Foundation

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Best Management Practices
Best Management Practices (Federal Lands)

USDA / U.S. Forest Service

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Understanding the Sustainability of U.S. Forests and Forest Products
The State of America’s Forests: An Interactive Guide

U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities

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Understanding the Sustainability of U.S. Forests and Forest Products
National Report on Sustainable Forests, 2020

U.S. Forest Service

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Understanding the Sustainability of U.S. Forests and Forest Products
Forestry for a Low Carbon Future: Integrating Forests and Wood Products in Climate Change Strategies

United Nations Food and Agriculture Report

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Understanding the Sustainability of U.S. Forests and Forest Products
10 Questions with Sustainable Forestry Expert, Dr. Edie Sonne Hall

Sonne Hall, Edie (2022). Think Wood Blog.

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Understanding the Sustainability of U.S. Forests and Forest Products
How You Can Have Your Carbon Cake in the Forest and Build With It Too

Sonne Hall, Edie (2020). Three Trees Forestry Blog.

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Understanding the Sustainability of U.S. Forests and Forest Products
Climate Smart Forestry in the Southern United States

Noah T. Shephard, Lana Narine, Yucheng Peng, and Adam Maggard. Forests 2022.

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Understanding the Sustainability of U.S. Forests and Forest Products
Climate Smart Forestry in Europe

Kauppi P, Hanewinkel M, Lundmark L, Nabuurs GJ, Peltola H, Trasobares A, Hetemäki L. 2018. European Forest Institute.

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Understanding the Sustainability of U.S. Forests and Forest Products
Global Warming Mitigation Potential of Wood Products from Washington State’s Private Forests

Ganguly, I., Pierobon, F. and Sonne Hall, E. Forests 2020.

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Understanding the Sustainability of U.S. Forests and Forest Products
By 2050 Mitigation Effects of EU Forests Could Nearly Double Through European Climate Smart Forestry

Nabuurs GJ, Delacote P, Ellison D, Hanewinkel M, Hetemäki L, Lindner M. 2017. Forests 8:484.

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Understanding the Sustainability of U.S. Forests and Forest Products
Storing More Carbon by Improving Forest Management in the Acadian Forest of New England

Robert Alec Giffen, Colleen M. Ryan, Ethan P. Belair, Michael A. Pounch, and Seth Brown. Forests 2022.

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