FSC® sales are booming and we’ve been awarded the 2015 FSC Leadership Award

Posted by Renee Magyar on November 19, 2015

Our FSC Group Certification program members reported nearly double increase in sales in 2015.

Paul Vanderford accepting the 2015 FSC Leadership Award

Our FSC Group Certification program members reported over $11 million in sales of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)® certified wood in 2015. That's nearly double the $6 million in sales that were reported in 2014. And not only did sales increase, member businesses added 112 new jobs across Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, and Montana, totaling 989 wood product manufacturing jobs, up from 877 in the previous year.

Sustainable Northwest FSC Group Certification program manager, Paul Vanderford, is pleased with the 2015 numbers. “More and more small wood businesses are gaining valuable market access and selling certified product at a premium. All of this adds up to healthier Northwest forests. It’s a win win.” said Vanderford. 

To be eligible for certification, forest managers must adhere to strict regulations related to chemical use, harvest, riparian zone protection, habitat conservation, water quality, and worker safety. Businesses further along the supply chain are also required to follow regulations for product tracking to ensure authentic certified products reach the market. 

And in recognition of our commitment to making certification possible for dozens of companies in the Northwest, Sustainable Northwest was awarded the 2015 FSC Leadership Award. The award was presented at a Greenbuild Expo reception on November 18, 2015 at the Long View Gallery in downtown Washington, D.C. Take a look at the photo gallery from the event. In 2014, Sustainable Northwest Wood won for leadership in building materials supply in the West, the first award of its kind. 

We're thrilled to see how much our member businesses are growing, and we're honored to be helping them make that happen!

For more information about FSC Group Certification, contact Paul Vanderford at (503) 730-9434 or