The North Carolina SFI State Implementation Committee (NC SFI SIC) is a coalition of forest products related companies committed to promoting ideals of the SFI program through training, education and program support.
The goals and background information on the SFI program can be found at www.sfiprogram.org.
Companies on the committee run the full range of the forest products industry including biomass, corporate timber management entities (TIMO’s), paper companies, sawmills, paper companies and pallet manufacturers. The committee also receives important input from various state agencies including the North Carolina Forest Service, conservation groups, industry advocates and university representatives.
The goal of the committee is to ensure that forests in North Carolina are managed wisely and that these forests will be able to supply the recreational, environmental and commerical needs of future generations.
The NC SFI SIC promotes sustainable forest management by example. The committee now provides grants to a group or individual who is promoting the ideals of the SFI’s principles. The grant amounts range between $500 and $20,000. The guidelines are linked here.
In addition to the grant program, the NC SFI SIC maintains a SFI Inconsistent Practices toll free phone number, which is (877) 271-6531, that is available to the public. The Inconsistent Practices number is a resource to report any forest management activity that is not consistent with the goals of the SFI program. All phone calls are investigated by the program’s third-party monitor. This program documents any inconsistent practices, if any, that may take place in North Carolina in a given year. The monitor is not an enforcement agency nor does the monitor have the authority to mediate a complaint.
The NC SFI SIC also 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. To learn more about the ProLogger program, click here.
The current chair of the NC SFI SIC is Bernard Rose, who is with KapStone Paper. He can be reached at (252) 578-0178.