Sustainable Forestry Is Our Goal – Healthy Forests Are the Result
The North Carolina SFI State Implementation Committee (NC SFI SIC) is committed to promoting the sustainable management of forests in North Carolina. The NC SFI SIC supports programs and initiatives that help forward sound forestry practices within the forest products industry and other forestry related entities. To maintain SFI certification, a member company must document that its approved management and/or procurement policy is being followed on a daily basis.
The NC SFI SIC provides input to the NCFA’s successful logger education program, ProLogger. The program was started in 1995 and it added a continuing education element in 2002. The program requires that all ProLoggers meet annual education requirements to maintain their status as ProLoggers. Classes target environmental issues identified through field reports by the North Carolina Forest Service and any safety trends noted by the North Carolina Department of Labor and independent insurance providers such as Forestry Mutual Insurance Company.
In addition, the NC SFI SIC maintains a SFI Inconsistent Practices toll free phone number that is a resource to report any forest management activity that is not consistent with the goals of the SFI program by members of the general public or those in the forest products industry. All reports are investigated in the strictest confidence by the NC SIC’s third-party monitor. The phone number is (877) 271-6531.