SFI IMPLEMENTATION COMMITTEES
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, Indigenous people, local government agencies, acaademics, 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 nearly $75 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 2018, more than 200,000 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.
SFI IMPLEMENTATION COMMITTEES CORE PRIORITIES
SFI Implementation Committees are an integral part of the SFI program and play a vital role in promoting training and landowner outreach, maintaining integrity of the SFI program and supporting and promoting responsible forestry and the SFI program at the state, provincial and regional level.
Logger Training and Education: SICs establish criteria and identify delivery mechanisms for logger and forester training to reach the thousands of independent contractors that are the key to the quality of forest harvesting operations.
Responding to Inconsistent Practices Inquiries: SFI Implementation Committees – through monitoring of inconsistent practices – offer a forum to provide information or answer questions about local forestry operations, and they also provide a process to respond to questions or concerns about forestry practices on lands certified to the SFI Standard and beyond.
Landowner Outreach: SICs provide sustainable forestry information and support to family forest landowners in collaboration with local conservation groups, government agencies, university extensions, forestry and professional associations, landowner groups and many others. These landowner outreach efforts seek to improve forest management on both certified and uncertified lands.
Increasing SFI Program Recognition: SFI’s unique grassroots network seeks to increase SFI program recognition, awareness and support with local government agencies, legislative officials and key stakeholder groups, like architects and green building advocates.
Annual Reporting: SICs annually report successes at the local level from membership, outreach activities, research, to conservation and community partnerships projects.
Protecting SFI Program Integrity: SICs are protecting the integrity of the SFI program by ensuring proper logo usage and alerting SFI Inc. of improper communications or misleading claim.conservation and community partnerships projects.
Each year, the SIC Annual Achievement Award recognizes one SFI Implementation Committee for outstanding work in implementing the SFI program. The award is presented at the SFI Annual Conference to recognize the “best of the best.”
- 2018 Award: South Carolina
- 2017 Award: Maine
- 2016 Award: Central Canada
- 2015 Award: Pennsylvania
- 2014 Award: Michigan
- 2013 Award: Georgia | Minnesota | Maine