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To provide Cal Poly students, faculty, staff and the public with a unique interdisciplinary environment in which to foster the Learn by Doing philosophy by providing educational experiences on a working ranch, supporting diversified agriculture and forest resources while maintaining the integrity of ranch operations.

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The  Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) promotes responsible forest management globally by certifying forest products that meet the most rigorous standards in the world. The organization brings industry, environmentalists, and community groups together to promote practical solutions that meet its diverse stakeholders' needs. The organization was founded in 1993 by environmental groups, the timber industry, foresters, indigenous peoples and community groups from 25 countries.

The FSC in the United States is backed by 14 major environmental organizations (the Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund, Sierra Club and others) and by major businesses (Home Depot, Lowes, Anderson Windows).

The FSC standards encourage environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management of the world's forests. FSC's Principles and Criteria are the basis for defining responsible forestry and for evaluating and accrediting certifiers. 

Consumers purchasing products bearing the FSC label can be assured that their wood product comes from a forest that has been responsibly managed to FSC standards.

The FSC US office is located in Washington, D.C, and has a national presence through the work of its volunteer board with three representatives each from the economic, social and environmental chambers. It also works through its regional standards coordinators, and FSC members located throughout the U.S. 

Swanton Pacific Ranch periodically contacts SCS by phone or e-mail to inform the certifier of disputes over tenure and use rights keeping the certifier updated on any resolutions or agreements that have been made.

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