Small & Low Intensity Managed Forests

Forests of all sizes, ownership types and production intensities may apply for certification and be evaluated against FSC’s Principles and Criteria.

In order to facilitate the FSC certification of Small and Low Intensity Managed Forests (SLIMF), regional FM standards outline modified requirements for SLIMFs. Individual certification procedures for SLIMFs follow the basic FM certification requirements but have important differences in the procedures that are used to assess good forest management.

The Canadian regional forest management standards contain indicators that are specific to SLIMF operations. These indicators are designed to create modified requirements for SLIMFs that take into account the size and intensity of these operations.

Eligibility criteria for ‘Small and Low Intensity Managed Forests’

  • In Canada, small forests are considered to be those less than 1,000 ha in size.
  • Low Intensity forests are those with a harvesting rate of less than 20% of the mean annual growth in timber, and either an annual harvest or an annual average harvest of less than 5,000 cubic meters (averaged over the certificate lifetime).
  • Forests used solely for harvesting non-timber forest products also qualify as SLIMF regardless of size or intensity.

Identifying Small and Community Products

The Small and Community Label Option (SCLO) is an initiative of FSC to distinguish smallholders in the marketplace in order to help them find new markets for their products. It includes on-product labeling, retail marketing support, consumer awareness-raising activities, and support to connect FSC smallholders with producers, traders and FSC retailers.

The option is open to all Forest Management certificate holders that qualify as Smallholders.

To learn more about the SCLO, you can download the Introductory Guide for Certificate Holders. Also, visit the campaign website at

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