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 FM Standards now 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.