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.

Grant must be sub­mit­ted by August 31 for con­sid­er­a­tion for the next grant cycle.

If you should you have any ques­tions about the grant process, please do not hes­i­tate to con­tact NC SFI SIC Vice Chair, Amy Phillips, amy.​phillips@​weyerhaeuser.​com.

Grant Cat­e­gories

The NC SFI SIC awards grants are avail­able to fund SFI com­pat­i­ble activ­i­ties in four categories:

  1. Landown­er Out­reach For pro­grams that encour­age or sup­port sus­tain­able for­est man­age­ment by pri­vate, non-indus­tri­al for­est own­ers and man­agers con­sis­tent with SFI prin­ci­ples. The objec­tive is to increase the amount of well man­aged and cer­ti­fied acres in North Carolina.
  2. For­est Pro­fes­sion­als Edu­ca­tion and Train­ing For pro­grams that pro­vide, direct­ly or indi­rect­ly, edu­ca­tion and train­ing for forestry pro­fes­sion­als (e.g., log­gers, wood trans­porters, foresters, tech­ni­cians) in areas con­sis­tent with SFI prin­ci­ples such as sus­tain­able forestry, best man­age­ment prac­tices, safe­ty, and oth­er top­ics iden­ti­fied in the SFI Stan­dard. The objec­tive is to increase the knowl­edge of forestry prac­ti­tion­ers to imple­ment sus­tain­able prac­tices on all for­est lands in North Carolina.
  3. Pub­lic Out­reach For pro­grams that sup­port forestry edu­ca­tion (whether in the class­room or else­where, whether for­mal or non-tra­di­tion­al) or oth­er pub­lic out­reach activ­i­ties, which pro­mote sus­tain­able forestry aware­ness and prac­tices, con­sis­tent with SFI prin­ci­ples. The objec­tive is to increase and improve SFI recog­ni­tion in North Carolina.
  4. Mar­ket Outreach/​Recruitment For pro­grams that increase and improve SFI recog­ni­tion and increase the num­ber of third par­ty cer­ti­fied orga­ni­za­tions in the NC SFI SIC

Pre­vi­ous Year Grant Recipients

Grants awarded in 2023 to be Completed in 2024

  • $20,000 to Forest Education and Conservation Foundation for Project Learning Tree
  • $2,958.99 to Northeast Elementary School
  • $5,776 to Weldon STEM High School

Grants Awarded in 2022 for projects to be completed in 2023

  • Habitat for Humanity – $5,000
  • Dupont State Forest for Forest Passport Program – $10,000
  • Holmes Educational State Forest for “Tree House” Renovations – $20,000

Grants Awarded in 2021 for projects to be completed in 2022

  • Roanoke Economic Dev. Inc for Youth STEM Program – $10,000
  • NC Forest Service for BMP Feild Guides – $12,000
  • High Point Friends School for Forestry Education in Middle School – $1,050
  • Team Safe Trucking for Driver Training Courses – $4,400
  • Forest Hills Global Elementary for Forestry Books – $800
  • Westchester County Day School for Ecocolumns to the Forest – $700
  • Friends School of Wilmington for Environmental Edu Center – $11,000
  • AB Combs Elementary School for Tree Trail and Outdoor Learning – $4,000
  • Sherrils Ford Elementary School for Exploring the Nature Nook with Jr Rangers – $1000

Grants Awarded in 2020 for projects to be completed in 2021

  • Lincoln Heights Elementary for Forestry Education Materials- $751.11
  • NC Soil and Water for Forestry Education Materials- $8000
  • Forest Education and Conservation Foundation for ProLogger Module 22- $8500
  • Forest Education and Conservation Foundation for Goods From the Woods Video Project- $6000
  • Team Safe Trucking for Driver Training Course – $7900
  • EcoForester-Landowner Training Video – $5000
  • NC Tree Farm for Online Presence- $15000
  • Western NC Communities for HWA Workshops – $4200

Grants Awarded in 2019 for projects to be completed in 2020

  • Team Safe Trucking for Entry Level Driver Training- $2500.
  • Envirothon for Envirothon School for Advisers and Teachers- $3400
  • Friends of the NC Museum for Growing Up from our Roots Mobile Exhibit- $4500
  • Forestry Education and Conservation Foundation for Focus on Forestry Careers Booklet- $1500.
  • NC Tree Farm for ForestHer Workshops- $10000
  • Forestry Education and Conservation Foundation for ProLogger Module 21- $8,500
  • Muddy Sneakers for Outdoor Science Education in the Coastal Plains- $7500
  • White Oak High School for forestry tools- $1000.
  • NC State University for NC Green STEM Forestry Connections- $3900
  • Triangle Land Conservancy for Your Forest’s Future Workshop- $1000
  • ILASS for Job Training Program for At Risk Youth- $5500.

Grants Awarded in 2018 for projects to be completed in 2019

  • EcoForesters- $3000
  • Gateway Project- $13,945
  • Alexander Chapter Mobile Museum- $5000
  • Forest to Classroom- $5,500
  • NCFS Tree Trunks- $8,750
  • Forest Education and Conservation Fund- $8,500 for Pro-Logger Module 20 DVD Training Video
  • North Carolina Tree Farm Program- $10,976 for NC Tree Farm Re-inspections
  • NC Tree Farm Short Films- $6000.

Grants Awarded in 2017 for projects to be completed in 2018

  • Roanoke Economic Development- $10,000 for Sustaining Forestry & African American Land Retention and Youth Steam Summit
  • Appalachian State University- $5,000 for Carbon Offset Project
  • Institute of Art, Landscape & Sustainable Spaces- $15,000 for Community Youth Program Focused on Forestry and Natural Resourc Education
  • Forest Education and Conservation Fund- $4,000 for Wildlife Station
  • Forest Education and Conservation Fund- $7,500 for ProLogger Segment on Soil Productivity and Reforestation
  • North Carolina Tree Farm Program- $13,750 for Re-Inspection of Tree Farms
  • North Carolina Tree Farm Program- $7,500 for Forest Landowner Outreach Summit

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