On January 1, 2007 the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)program became a fully independent forest certification program. All aspects of the SFI program are owned and managed by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Inc. (SFI, Inc.), a non-profit organization based in
Arlington, Virginia and governed by a multi-stakeholder Board of Directors.
The SFI 2015-2019 Standards and Rules promote sustainable forest management in North America through core principles that promote sustainable forest management, including measures to protect water quality, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, species at risk, and Forests with Exceptional Conservation Value. There are also objectives, performance measures and indicators, developed by professional foresters, conservationists, scientists and others.
The Alabama Tree Farm Committee is financially supported by the Alabama SFI Implementation Committee to promote sustainable forestry on family forestlands. The SIC sponsors the Tree Farm Inspector Incentive program to encourage new certifications, recertifications and the annual audited reinspections.
OSHA regulations, wage and hour rules, and other emplyment laws
Public policy and outreach
Awareness of emerging technologies
The Professional Logging Managers course is a joint partnership between Auburn University, Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Alabama Forestry Commission, and the Alabama SIC. The principal author and facilitator of the program is Auburn University Associate Professor Mathew Smidt,
The Alabama SIC promotes and supports forest sustainability through a number of public outreach efforts and education programs related to sustainable forest management.
Teachers Conservation Workshop - This professional development workshop for PreK-12 educators covers forest ecology, forest management and forest products through lessons, field trips and activities from the environmental education program, Project Learning Tree.
Auburn University College of Architecture Forestry Tour - The Alabama SIC supports students and faculty to attend a Forest Sustainability and Products tour where they learn about forest certification and SFI principles. Participants travel to a forest to see a harvesting operation. They visit Structural Wood Systems in Greenville to see the manufacturing of laminated glue beams. The tour concludes with a visit the the Alabama Forestry Foundation building in Montgomery where the principal architect discusses the qualities of wood in design. Participants also learn about green building certification programs.
SFI Inconsistent Practices Subcommittee
The SIC encourages reports of any forest management practices involving SFI member companies that appear to be inconsistent with the principles of the SFI standard. The SIC sponsors a hotline to address any questions on potential inconsistent practices. Concerns can be reported by calling 1-800-206-0981. The SIC works with state agencies to address any public concerns about forestry practices.