Fortunately, the FSC was created in 1993 to halt deforestation and safeguard forest ecosystems using the power of the marketplace. The FSC sets voluntary standards by which forests are independently certified to help customers identify and purchase products from responsibly managed forests. Over the past 20 years, demand for FSC-certified products has grown dramatically. Today, more than 400 million acres of forest are certified, approximately 10 percent of the world’s working forests.
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Look for the Logo
The FSC certifies goods produced through responsible forest management, which protects primates, birds, and other wildlife. The FSC logo signals a good purchase for the planet. Look for it on everything from office paper to paper towels to furniture.
Reduce Your Use
Go digital, use both sides of paper, select paper products made with recycled content, build with reclaimed wood, and request minimal packaging and shipping materials.
Spread the Word
Tell friends and family, both in conversation and on social media, how purchasing FSC-certified products benefits the world’s rainforests and wildlife. Follow the zoo’s social media channels to see relevant updates on how you can Take Action With Us, and share those updates on your channels.
Goualougo Triangle Ape Project
The Goualougo (goo-a-LO-go) Triangle, a region in the Republic of the Congo, is home to primates like DeBrazza’s monkeys, chimpanzees, and western lowland gorillas. Through the Goualougo Triangle Ape Project, Lincoln Park Zoo scientists study wild gorillas and chimpanzees while collaborating with logging companies to identify and advocate for sustainable logging practices. Their research shows how primates are impacted by logging—and how responsible forest management and FSC logging can protect wildlife. In fact, zoo scientists even wrote the “Best Practice Guidelines for Reducing the Impact of Commercial Logging on Great Apes in Western Equatorial Africa.”