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Adding Value and Conserving Community Forests: The Case of Certification in Vermont, USA

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dc.contributor.author Lorenzo, Mark en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:32:53Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:32:53Z
dc.date.issued 2002 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2002-11-06 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2002-11-06 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/887
dc.description.abstract "Can independent third-party forest certification, as promoted by the internationally recognized Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) support the conservation of biological diversity in community forests while adding economic value to forest products? Vermont Family Forests (VFF), a fledgling community forestry initiative based in Bristol, Vermont (pop. 3800), earned the first FSC group certificate in the US, verifying that over thirty separate forest parcels were jointly well-managed. VFF is directed by the Addison County Forester, and works in partnership with the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, and National Wildlife Federation to stem rates of forest loss and wildlife habitat decline by creating opportunities for improved economic returns commensurate with careful land stewardship. VFF marketing explicitly links ecological forestry practices on participating forests to creative, direct forest product marketing to customers and the general public. "The family and community-owned forests in VFF operate in an ecological context of fragmented young second-growth forest, an economic context of increasingly global forest products markets, and a social context of controversy about forest practices and deforestation. VFF benefits from the counter-trend of interest in policies and programs that integrate community, economic and ecological sustainability, especially as to be implemented in sustainable forest management. At this stage, FSC certification serves as an intervening filter between local forest ecosystems and economic markets, enhances community social capital, and helps generate market premiums." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject IASC en_US
dc.subject common pool resources en_US
dc.subject certification en_US
dc.subject forest products en_US
dc.subject forest management en_US
dc.subject community forestry en_US
dc.subject value en_US
dc.title Adding Value and Conserving Community Forests: The Case of Certification in Vermont, USA en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.type.published unpublished en_US
dc.coverage.region North America en_US
dc.coverage.country United States en_US
dc.subject.sector Forestry en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference The Commons in an Age of Globalisation, the Ninth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates June 17-21, 2002 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe en_US
dc.submitter.email jerwolfe@indiana.edu en_US

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