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SFI Small Lands Group Certification Module

Optional Modules to Grow Small Land Certification in the United States and Canada

Section 12 in the Requirements for the SFI 2015-2019 Program address the process for SFI Inc. to develop optional modules. These modules are a way for the SFI program to address emerging issues and new opportunities. Modules are developed by SFI Inc, through a multi-stakeholder task group, and approved by the SFI Inc Board of Directors. 

The SFI Board of Directors approved two optional modules.

 

SFI Small Lands Group Certification Module

The SFI Small Lands Group Certification Module is built on the framework of the SFI 2015-2019 Fiber Sourcing Standard. The Module uses the infrastructure of this standard to find cost effective ways for mills or wood-procurement organizations to serve as Group Managers and engage small landowners in certification under one group certificate. Under the scope of this Module, a small forest or woodlot owner is defined as no more than 20,000 acres in total across an entire ownership.

Under the Module, any company certified to the SFI 2015-2019 Fiber Sourcing Standard may implement a landscape plan that helps achieve sustainable forest management practices on group-member lands through additional forest-management certification requirements. This module requires a commitment from the landowner to participate in a forest management plan. It also requires the group manager to engage with the landowner after the harvest. In order to make any claims that the fiber from these lands meet the requirements for SFI label use, the group manager, along with group members must be third party audited by an accredited certification body.

 

SFI Small-Scale Forest Management Module for Indigenous Peoples, Families and Communities

The SFI Small-Scale Forest Management Module for Indigenous Peoples, Families and Communities offers the owners and managers of these forests the opportunity to participate in a group certification organization and benefit from the economies of scale afforded by working with a group of forest owners and managers of forest licenses. Any small-scale forest owned or managed by Indigenous peoples, families or communities where the area in timber production does not exceed 20,000 ha is eligible for certification to the Module. The total area certified to the Module may exceed 20,000 hectares when the non-timber producing areas and areas managed for conservation or recreation purposes are included.

Requirements of the Module are scaled to align with the SFI 2015-2019 Forest Management Standard to reflect the size and intensity of management characteristics. The module also incorporates guidance text in the main body of the document for ease of use. In order to make any claims that the fiber from these lands meet the requirements for SFI label use, the group manager, along with group members must be third party audited by an accredited certification body. 

Webinar to Learn More

SFI conducted a webinar to present both of these modules in more detail. You can download and listen to the webinar here

For more information, please contact Jason Metnick.

 

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