The SFI program responds to local needs and issues across North America through 34 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 $65.64 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 2013, more than 150,000 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 2015 Report on the Status of LT&E Programs in 34 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 2014)
- Detroit teens make trek to Roscommon to experience forest management in action (August 8, 2016 Press Release)
- Pennsylvania SFI Implementation Committee Takes Logger Training for Youth and Harvesting Professionals to New Heights (October 7, 2015 Press Release)
- Michigan SFI Implementation Committee Wins Award as the State's Forests Keep Growing -- Even in Downtown Detroit (September 17, 2014 Press Release)
In the News:
- The Dryden Observer: Domtar supports world record tree planting attempt (June 3, 2015)
- The Express: CM students help set Guinness world record (June 3, 2015)
- WRVO Public Media: Students and state workers try to break a word record ... in tree planting (June 1, 2015)
- Penn Live: No. 1 Seed? Efford made to break a world record (May 30, 2015)
- Tree Hugger: SFI team plant more than 200,000 trees in 1 hour (and that's a record) (May 29, 2015)
- Yahoo Finance: Domtar supports world record tree planting attempt (May 29, 2015)
- Public Opinion News: Tree planting record falls with help from Tuscarora State Forest supporters (May 29, 2015)
- Grand Rapids MN Herald Review: UPM Blandin takes part in world record attempt (May 29, 2015)
- Forests Ontario: Waiting on Pin(e)s and Needles (May 26, 2015)
- The Williams Lake Tribune: Locals attempt to break Guinness tree planting record (May 26, 2015)
- Boundary Sentinel: Kootenay Operations Join Tree Planting World Record Attempt (May 24, 2015)
- Resolute Blog: 1-2-TREE, PLANT! (May 22, 2015
- Styrk: Almost 2,000 trees were planted at Stand Flats to help break world record (May 22, 2015)
- Video - Pennlive: World-record tree planting includes Pennsylvania locations (May 21, 2015)
- La Presse: L'école qui plantait des arbres (le 21 mais 2015)
- Pennyslvania Ag Connection: DCNR Joins Bid to Set Tree-Planting Record in North America (May 21, 2015)
- Video - News 12 Bronx: Group attempts tree-planting record (May 20, 2015)
- Video - WBFF Fox Baltimore: SFI World Record Attempt Live News Coverage (May 20, 2015)
- Video - NNCNOW.com: Tree planters compete to land spot in Guinness World Records (May 20, 2015)
- Radio-Canada: Des reboiseurs de la région ont contribué à battre le record du plus grand nombre d'arbes plantés en une heure (le 20 mai 2015)
- Watertown Daily Times: Guiness World Record attempt Wednesday at Sand Flats State Forest (May 20, 2015)
- The Williams Lake Tribune: Tree Planters hope to set world record (May 19, 2015)