The NC SFI SIC is com­mit­ted to pro­mote and con­serve Forests with Excep­tion­al Con­ser­va­tion Val­ue (FECV), defined as crit­i­cal­ly imper­iled and imper­iled species and eco­log­i­cal com­mu­ni­ties. We believe that for­est landown­ers and for­est man­agers are stew­ards not only of the trees grow­ing on their wood­lands, but also of the oth­er plants and ani­mals that live there. It’s impor­tant for landown­ers to have a thor­ough knowl­edge of their for­est and be aware of the plant and ani­mal species found on their prop­er­ty, par­tic­u­lar­ly those that are des­ig­nat­ed imper­iled, crit­i­cal­ly imper­iled, threat­ened or endan­gered.” It is cru­cial for landown­ers, log­gers, and land man­agers to under­stand how their for­est man­age­ment activ­i­ties may impact these species. 

Glob­al con­ser­va­tion sta­tus ranks are assigned to indi­cate the con­ser­va­tion sta­tus of a species and ecosys­tems (eco­log­i­cal com­mu­ni­ties, veg­e­ta­tion types, and sys­tems) rar­i­ty. Crit­i­cal­ly imper­iled (G1) or imper­iled (G2) species are glob­al­ly rare, or espe­cial­ly vul­ner­a­ble to extinc­tion. Threat­ened and endan­gered species are list­ed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ser­vice the Fed­er­al Endan­gered Species Act and may be also list­ed under state laws; how­ev­er, these species may or may not be list­ed as crit­i­cal­ly imper­iled or imper­iled globally.

It is impor­tant that for­est landown­ers be aware of and pro­mote the prac­tice of sus­tain­able forestry to meet the needs of the present with­out com­pro­mis­ing the abil­i­ty of future gen­er­a­tions to meet their own needs. We can accom­plish this by prac­tic­ing a land stew­ard­ship eth­ic that inte­grates refor­esta­tion and the man­ag­ing, grow­ing, nur­tur­ing, and har­vest­ing of trees for use­ful prod­ucts with the con­ser­va­tion of soil, air and water qual­i­ty, bio­log­i­cal diver­si­ty, wildlife and aquat­ic habi­tat, cul­tur­al resources, recre­ation, and aes­thet­ics in mind.

FECV Assess­ment


The NC SFI SIC Forests of Excep­tion­al Con­ser­va­tion Val­ue Assess­ment eval­u­at­ed all G1 and G2 species and ecosys­tems doc­u­ment­ed by Nature­Serve in North Car­oli­na. The com­mit­tee has pro­vid­ed the find­ings below to be used as a source for edu­ca­tion, infor­ma­tion, and mit­i­ga­tion to ensure their pro­tec­tion across the land­scape. The NC SIC and par­tic­i­pat­ing SFI cer­ti­fied orga­ni­za­tions will use this infor­ma­tion to devel­op train­ing mate­ri­als and pro­grams for wood pro­duc­ers, foresters, log­gers, and for­est landown­ers across the state. 


    The NC SFI SIC will work togeth­er with mem­ber com­pa­nies and part­ner­ing orga­ni­za­tions to edu­cate the cit­i­zens of North Car­oli­na about the impor­tance of FECV’s. It is our intent to pro­vide a sci­ence-based process for pro­mot­ing the con­ser­va­tion of forestry-impact­ed crit­i­cal­ly impaired (G1) and impaired (G2) species. Pro­vid­ing key infor­ma­tion to wood pro­duc­ers, foresters, log­gers, and pri­vate landown­ers in the sup­ply chain will help dri­ve con­ser­va­tion of these species and ecosys­tems. This will serve to demon­strate that SFI-cer­ti­fied orga­ni­za­tions are com­mit­ted to con­serv­ing biodiversity.

    Annu­al Review

    Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the NC SFI SIC will annu­al­ly review the lat­est avail­able G1/G2 species infor­ma­tion from Nature­Serve to deter­mine if updates are need­ed. If an update is deemed nec­es­sary, a com­mit­tee of NC SFI SIC mem­bers will then be con­vened to review the over­all state assess­ment and deter­mine if any find­ings war­rant fur­ther actions to mit­i­gate risk to FECV’s or spe­cif­ic species or ecosystems.

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    What Does SFI Mean to Me?

    “To me, Sustainable Forestry means trees today, trees tomorrow, trees forever.  The SFI standard provides us forest managers with a framework, guiding principles so that we can implement forest management policies and techniques to insure that mantra becomes a reality.”

    Cierra Ward

    District Manager for Resource Management Service, LLC

    “To me, SFI means many individuals of diverse backgrounds and ideas coming together for the good of sustaining one of our most valuable resources on the planet. It also means a concerted effort to educate those that do not understand how active and even intense forest management so greatly benefits not only the forest, but the entire ecosystem.”

    Charles Daniels

    Raw Materials Procurement for Domtar Paper Co. LLC