New SIC Progress Report has lots of good news
Since its founding in 1994, the Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI) has worked with a broad array of stakeholders, including governments, universities, resource professionals, landowners, indigenous peoples, and conservation groups. SFI’s mission is to advance sustainability through forest-focused collaborations and today there are 360 million acres of forestland certified to the SFI Standard, including seven million acres in Maine.
Maine’s SFI Implementation Committee (SIC), includes landowners, loggers, mills, foresters, government agencies, conservation groups, management companies, recreation representatives, educators and researchers. SFI’s mission is to promote sustainable management of our state’s 17.6 million acres of forestland by continually improving forestry and harvesting practices.
The 2020 SIC Progress Report shows good news in many areas, including:
- Maine is the first state in the country to have road-stream crossing surveys of every watershed within our borders.
- The current working draft of SFI’s revised standards reflects changing perspectives and science on climate change, including a new objective to insure forest management activities address climate adaptation and mitigation measures.
- The strong collaboration of the Maine Forest Service (MFS) and Maine SIC has helped develop and implement a wide array of trainings relevant to the forestry community.
- 90% of landowners satisfied with outcome of harvest
- In 2018, timber growth exceeded harvest by 38%.