Helping Meet SFI Standards Through Field Guides and Fact Sheets About Threatened and Endangered Species
Why this Project Matters
The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) manages approximately 2.5 million acres/1 million hectares of forest and park land, certified to the SFI Forest Management Standard, covering a variety of ecosystems and plant and animal habitats. This includes conducting management activities to benefit rare wildlife, important game species, and their unique habitats across Pennsylvania.
How This Project Will Help Pennsylvania’s rare, threatened, and endangered species
This project will directly deliver information to approximately 2,000 people with the decision-making authority to help conserve and protect Pennsylvania’s rare, threatened, and endangered species in Forests with Exceptional Conservation Value (FECVs). These resources will be written for foresters, loggers, landowners, and others who work in FECVs.
This project will create a printed field guide and online fact sheets with general guidance on management and regulatory compliance for selected threatened and endangered species, with an emphasis on critically imperiled and imperiled species in Pennsylvania. The field guide and online fact sheets will give audiences the knowledge they need to be able to better recognize FECVs, and the species that rely on them. Audiences will be better able to make informed decisions about how their forest management activities can conserve and protect FECVs. Guides and fact sheets will be distributed through Pennsylvania’s SFI network and help SFI-certified organizations in the state meet SFI standards.
The field guide will highlight forest-dependent species of greatest conservation need, discuss regulatory considerations, and include resources for species identification and recommended conservation strategies. The fact sheets will be used as part of an educational outreach effort to non-SFI‑certified landowners that SFI‑certified organizations source fiber from. The outreach will also be shared with qualified logging professionals and other forest practitioners through the Pennsylvania Professional Timber Harvester Training Program.
The SFI Community Grant Program is supporting this project, which is also leveraging the expertise and skills of two SFI-certified organizations, including the Pennsylvania SFI Implementation Committee.
This partnership includes state natural resources officials and a SFI-certified organization.
- Project lead: Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Forestry (SFI-certified organization)
- Sustainable Forestry Initiative
- Pennsylvania SFI Implementation Committee
Pennsylvania SFI Implementation Committee Takes Logger Training for Youth and Harvesting Professionals to New Heights
Pennsylvania SFI Implementation Committee