The PCO Forest Grown Verification Program was established in 2014 with the purpose of creating a voluntary, third-party verification for non-timber forest grown products that are produced and harvested in a sustainable and legal manner.
This program benefits producers by building consumer confidence, demand, and premium pricing; protecting forest “crop” in the event of theft, land development and legal matters through documentation; and may provide exemptions around wild stewarding plants. The program standards currently apply to producers, harvesters, processors, and handlers of eleven forest botanical products from private forestland in the United States.
In the summer of 2019, PCO transferred the Forest Grown Verification program to United Plant Savers. A new logo was developed and the transfer of the program completed.