Forest Management Standard Revision

Working together to move Canadian forestry into the 21st century

FSC Canada is currently revising its Forest Management Standards (National Boreal Standard, Maritimes Standard, BC Standard and Great Lakes-St. Lawrence draft Standard) and aligning the Standards with the new Principles and Criteria.

A second draft, for which public consultation is now open and is summarized below, is the culmination of a four year process involving dozens of individuals and organizations across Canada. A final version of the standard is set to be completed by fall 2017.


[November 24, 2016] FSC Canada is pleased to launch a second consultation of its national forest management standard representing leadership in forest management.

Proactive and comprehensive, draft 2 of the standard advances current practice, streamlines and improves the efficiency of standard requirements while moving towards alignment with the FSC international IGI framework.

Most notably, accompanying the second draft are three new documents which present current perspectives and guidance of the most complex aspects of the new FSC forest management standard:

1. Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) Guidance Document – released November 24, 2016
2. Intact Forest Landscapes (IFL) Technical Working Document – released December 6, 2016
3. Indigenous Cultural Landscapes (ICL) Discussion Paper – released December 6, 2016

FSC Canada encourages all interested parties to review the standard during the consultation period which commences on November 24, 2016.


Coming Soon

The consultation process for Draft 1 engaged many stakeholders and Indigenous People. In total, more than 1500 comments were received. Following this consultation process, the Standard Development Group, Technical Expert Panels, committees, consultants, and FSC Staff reviewed and modified Indicators based on Draft 1 feedback. FSC Canada believes that Draft 2 represents a viable consensus ensuring the successful implementation of the new national forest management standard.

A summary report will be released in December, 2016 which will outline the major changes between Draft 1 and Draft 2.


On December 1, 2015, FSC Canada released Draft 1 of the National Forest Management Standard for consultation. The consultation period ended February 2, 2016, and many engaged stakeholders reviewed and commented on the draft in order to assist in furthering its development. In total, FSC Canada received 65 submissions, providing over 500 pages of comments and greatly appreciates the time and effort taken by stakeholders to assist in this process. For the entire consultation results from Draft 1 please see "Public Summary: Draft One Consultation of FSC Canada’s National Forest Management Standard".

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