Forest Management Standard
Forest Management Standard The SFI 2015-2019 Forest Management Standard promotes sustainable forestry practices based on 13 Principles, 15 Objectives, 37 Performance Measures and 101 Indicators. These requirements include measures to protect water quality, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, species at risk and forests with exceptional conservation value. The SFI 2015-2019 Forest Management Standard applies to any organization in the United States or Canada that owns or manages forestlands. Program Participants who own or manage forestland are certified to the SFI 2015-2019 Forest Management Standard (Section 4, SFI 2015-2019 Standards and Rules). To be certified, forest operations must undergo independent audits by competent and accredited certification bodies.. The SFI program is committed to continuously improve responsible forest management. SFI Program Participants must meet or exceed applicable water quality laws and regulations, with measures to manage and protect water wetlands and riparian zones on certified lands. They must continually evaluate habitat and biodiversity impacts from forest activities – which leads to improved habitat quality, and protection of imperiled or critically imperiled species.