The SFI program responds to local needs and issues across North America through 35 SFI Implementation Committees at the state, provincial or regional level. This unique grassroots network involves private landowners, independent loggers, forestry professionals, local government agencies, academics, scientists, and conservationists.
SFI Implementation Committees promote the SFI forest standard as a means to broaden the practice of responsible forestry and achieve on-the-ground progress. They offer a forum to provide information or answer questions about local forestry operations, and most have a process to respond to questions or concerns about forestry practices on SFI-certified lands.
Through SFI Implementation Committees, program participants work with local organizations and individuals, providing leadership and sharing best practices to improve forest management on both certified and uncertified lands. The committees work with local conservation groups, government agencies, forestry and professional associations, landowner groups and many others in landowner outreach and community involvement activities.
Since 1995, SFI program participants have contributed $55.1 million to support local programs through SFI Implementation Committees. This includes logger and forester training to reach the thousands of independent contractors that are the key to the quality of forest harvesting operations. By the end of 2012, more than 142,000 loggers and foresters had completed SFI-approved training programs.
Loggers who are aware of their role as responsible professionals are better equipped to protect the environment. To learn about Logger Training and Education (LT&E) programs in your state, province or region, check out the Forest Resources Association’s Twentieth Report on the Status of LT&E Programs in 35 Forested U.S. States & 6 Canadian Provinces. Recent reports show consistent improvement in best management practices to protect water quality, thanks largely to logger training and the SFI program. They include:
- The Texas A&M Forest Service: Voluntary Implementation of Forestry Best Management Practices in East Texas (2011);
- The South Carolina Forestry Commission: Forestry Best Management Practices for Harvesting in South Carolina 2007-2008; and
- The Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry (Implementation of Forestry Best Management Practices in Tennessee).
- Michigan SFI Implementation Committee: Monitoring of Forestry BMPs in Michigan (Fall 2011)