SFI IMPLEMENTATION COMMITTEES
SFI responds to local needs through SFI Implementation Committees at the state, provincial, and regional levels. These committees work with local, forestry, and professional associations, universities, government agencies, landowner groups, conservation groups, and many others to promote SFI standards as a means to broaden the practice of responsible forestry and achieve on-the-ground progress.
SFI Implementation Committees offer a forum to provide information or answer questions about local forestry operations and respond to questions or concerns about forestry practices on SFI-certified lands. These grassroots groups also extend their work into local initiatives supporting community outreach and education programs.
Developing leaders in best forest management practices
Loggers who are aware of their role as responsible professionals are better equipped to protect the environment. That’s why we train thousands of people each year to improve their forestry practices and learn about the value of forests.
Since 1995, SFI-certified organizations 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.
CORE PRIORITIES FOR SFI IMPLEMENTATION COMMITTEES
Logger training and education
Establish criteria and identify delivery mechanisms for logger and forester training.
Responding to inconsistent practices inquiries
Offer a forum to provide information and answer questions about local forestry operations, address concerns about forestry practices on lands certified to the SFI Standard and beyond.
Support family forest landowners in collaboration with local conservation groups, government agencies, university extensions, associations, and landowner groups to improve forest management on both certified and uncertified lands.
Increasing recognition of SFI recognition
Seek to increase SFI program recognition, awareness, and support with local government agencies, legislative officials, and key stakeholder groups (example: architects and green building advocates).
Annually report local successes, including membership, outreach activities, and research to conservation and community partners.
Protecting SFI Integrity
Protect the integrity of the SFI certification program by ensuring proper logo usage and alerting SFI of improper communications or misleading claims.
WE HAVE 35 SFI IMPLEMENTATION COMMITTEES THROUGHOUT CANADA AND THE U.S.
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SFI IMPLEMENTATION COMMITTEE AWARD WINNERS
Each year, the SIC Annual Achievement Award recognizes one SFI Implementation Committee for outstanding work in implementing SFI. The award is presented at the SFI Annual Conference to recognize the best of the best.
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