The SFI program responds to local needs and issues across North America through 34 SFI Implementation Committees at the state, provincial or regional level. This unique grassroots network involves private landowners, independent loggers, forestry professionals, local government agencies, academics, scientists, and conservationists.
SFI Implementation Committees promote the SFI forest standard as a means to broaden the practice of responsible forestry and achieve on-the-ground progress. They offer a forum to provide information or answer questions about local forestry operations and most have a process to respond to questions or concerns about forestry practices on SFI-certified lands.
Through SFI Implementation Committees, program participants’ work with local organizations and individuals, providing leadership and sharing best practices to improve forest management on both certified and uncertified lands. The committees work with local conservation groups, government agencies, forestry and professional associations, landowner groups and many others in landowner outreach and community involvement activities.
Since 1995, SFI program participants have contributed $55.1 million to support local programs through SFI Implementation Committees. This includes logger and forester training to reach the thousands of independent contractors that are the key to the quality of forest harvesting operations. By the end of 2009, more than 123,000 loggers and foresters had completed SFI-approved training programs.
In New Hampshire the SFI Implementation Committee (NHSIC) annually contributes more than $22,000 to local non-profits in support of environmental education and logger and forester training. In addition to its educational support the NHSIC also supports forestry research through grants to the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation.