SFI Forest Management Standard Objectives
The SFI 2015-2019 Forest Management Standard Objectives are as follows:
- Objective 1. Forest Management Planning
To ensure forest management plans include long-term sustainable harvest levels and measures to avoid forest conversion.
- Objective 2. Forest Health and Productivity
To ensure long-term forest productivity, carbon storage and conservation of forest resources through prompt reforestation, afforestation, minimized chemical use, soil conservation, and protecting forests from damaging agents.
- Objective 3. Protection and Maintenance of Water Resources
To protect the water quality of rivers, streams, lakes, wetlands and other water bodies through meeting or exceeding best management practices.
- Objective 4. Conservation of Biological Diversity
To manage the quality and distribution of wildlife habitats and contribute to the conservation of biological diversity by developing and implementing stand- and landscape-level measures that promote a diversity of types of habitat and successional stages, and the conservation of forest plants and animals, including aquatic species, as well as threatened and endangered species, Forests with Exceptional Conservation Value, old-growth forests and ecologically important sites.
- Objective 5. Management of Visual Quality and Recreational Benefits
To manage the visual impact of forest operations and provide recreational opportunities for the public.
- Objective 6. Protection of Special Sites
To manage lands that are geologically or culturally important in a manner that takes into account their unique qualities.
- Objective 7. Efficient Use of Fiber Resources
To minimize waste and ensure the efficient use of fiber resources.
- Objective 8. Recognize and Respect Indigenous Peoples’ Rights
To recognize and respect Indigenous Peoples’ rights and traditional knowledge.
- Objective 9. Legal and Regulatory Compliance
To comply with applicable federal, provincial, state, and local laws and regulations.
- Objective 10. Forestry Research, Science and Technology
To invest in forestry research, science and technology, upon which sustainable forest management decisions are based and broaden the awareness of climate change impacts on forests, wildlife and biological diversity.
- Objective 11. Training and Education
To improve the implementation of sustainable forestry practices through appropriate training and education programs.
- Objective 12. Community Involvement and Landowner Outreach
To broaden the practice of sustainable forestry through public outreach, education, and involvement, and to support the efforts of SFI Implementation Committees.
- Objective 13. Public Land Management Responsibilities
To participate and implement sustainable forest management on public lands.
- Objective 14. Communications and Public Reporting
To increase transparency and to annually report progress on conformance with the SFI Forest Management Standard.
- Objective 15.Management Review and Continual Improvement
To promote continual improvement in the practice of sustainable forestry by conducting a management review and monitoring performance.
Maintaining Healthy Forests
Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Principles
The following SFI Principles apply to the SFI 2015-2019 Forest Management Standard. These SFI Principles are supported by additional mandatory requirements including more specific objectives, performance measures and indicators.
- Sustainable Forestry
To practice sustainable forestry to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs by practicing a land stewardship ethic that integrates reforestation and the managing, growing, nurturing and harvesting of trees for useful products and ecosystem services such as the conservation of soil, air and water quality, carbon, biological diversity, wildlife and aquatic habitats, recreation and aesthetics.
- Forest Productivity and Health
To provide for regeneration after harvest and maintain the productive capacity of the forest land base, and to protect and maintain long-term forest and soil productivity. In addition, to protect forests from economically or environmentally undesirable levels of wildfire, pests, diseases, invasive exotic plants and animals, and other damaging agents and thus maintain and improve long-term forest health and productivity.
- Protection of Water Resources
To protect water bodies and riparian areas, and to conform with forestry best management practices to protect water quality.
- Protection of Biological Diversity
To manage forests in ways that protect and promote biological diversity, including animal and plant species, wildlife habitats, and ecological or natural community types.
- Aesthetics and Recreation
To manage the visual impacts of forest operations, and to provide recreational opportunities for the public.
- Protection of Special Sites
To manage lands that are ecologically, geologically or culturally important in a manner that takes into account their unique qualities.
- Responsible Fiber Sourcing Practices in North America
To use and promote among other forest landowners sustainable forestry practices that are both scientifically credible and economically, environmentally and socially responsible.
- Legal Compliance
To comply with applicable federal, provincial, state, and local forestry and related environmental laws, statutes, and regulations.
- Research To support advances in sustainable forest management through forestry research, science and technology.
- Training and Education
To improve the practice of sustainable forestry through training and education programs.
- Community Involvement and Social Responsibility
To broaden the practice of sustainable forestry on all lands through community involvement, socially responsible practices, and through recognition and respect of Indigenous Peoples’ rights and traditional forest-related knowledge.
To broaden the understanding of forest certification to the SFI Standards by documenting certification audits and making the findings publicly available.
- Continual Improvement
To continually improve the practice of forest management, and to monitor, measure and report performance in achieving the commitment to sustainable forestry.