OPTIONAL MODULES TO GROW SMALL LAND CERTIFICATION IN THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA
Section 13 in the 2022 Standards and Rules addresses 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.
The SFI Small Lands Group Certification Module is designed for any organization certified to the SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard. This module applies in both the U.S. and Canada. Certification to the SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard is a prerequisite to achieving the small lands group certification. SFI developed the Module in partnership with the American Forest Foundation (AFF).
The SFI Small-Scale Forest Management Module for Indigenous Peoples and Families applies in Canada. It’s designed for landowners and managers in Canada that want a solution for group or individual certification.
SFI SMALL LANDS GROUP CERTIFICATION MODULE
The SFI Small Lands Group Certification Module is built on the framework of the 2022 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/8,100 hectares in total across an entire ownership. Under the Module, any company certified to the SFI 2022 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 meets the requirements for SFI label use, the group manager, along with group members must be third-party audited by an accredited certification body.