The Forest Stewardship Council® has recevieved notification from the U.S. Forest Service that they wish to complete the next forest testing exercise with the draft FSC® standard supplementary requirements and audit procedures. The field test is planned for sometime in early 2017. Recently, the second open comment period on the supplementary procedures for the U.S. Forest Service to potentially obtain FSC certification closed. The Center provided comments on the first and second draft. A revised thrid draft was developed by the FSC Fedlands Working Group for field testing from this consultation.  Another public consultation will be scheduled pending the results of the field test.

As a reminder, this does not mean the U.S. Forest Service has decided to seek FSC certification for any of their forests. The Forest Service is simply started the process at getting potentially certified with the development of these additional supplementary requirements.

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