The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI®) provides approximately $200,000 in education and research grants to various Wisconsin organizations each year.
The WPC is a critical link in sustainable forestry certification in Wisconsin.
The SFI is a North American forest certification standard and program of SFI Inc., a non-profit organization. The SFI is the world’s largest single forest certification standard by area. The SFI is headquartered jointly in Washington, D.C., and Ottawa, Ontario.
Providing SFI Grant Opportunities
The WPC plays a very important role with SFI by providing coordinator and secretary/treasurer services to the SFI Implementation Committee. This committee is responsible for awarding annual grants to organizations that support SFI values and objectives which include four categories:
Forest professionals education & training
Private non-industrial forest outreach
Public & educational outreach
SFI grants have been awarded in recent years to: Camp Five Foundation, FISTA (Forest Industry Safety & Training Alliance), Glacierland RC&D, LEAF (Learning Experiences About Forestry) at the UW-Stevens Point/Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education, National Council for Air & Stream Improvement, Ruffed Grouse Society, Trees For Tomorrow, USDA. – Forest Service, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Wisconsin Master Loggers Certification, Wisconsin Tree Farm Committee and Wisconsin Young Forest Partnership.
Ensuring Consistent Forestry Practices
The Wisconsin SFI also operates an “inconsistent practices” program which provides individuals concerned about a specific forestry activity an opportunity to report it. If it involves SFI trained loggers or a wood utilizing company that is SFI certified, the call will result in an investigation, report to inquirer, and if an inconsistent practice is detected, corrective recommendations to those responsible.