This standard was developed in accordance with FSC's normative document for the development and maintenance of Forest Stewardship Standards. The document is applicable to all forest operations seeking FSC certification within the Federal Republic of Germany. The standard applies to all forest types and sizes, and to the production of timber. Revisions of Forest Stewardship Standards are ongoing, and all existing standards will be transferred to the revised Principles & Criteria version 5-2. All standards are valid until replaced by a new Forest Stewardship Standard.