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Forest Management

The AFA Education Foundation provides information and resources for family forest owners seeking forest management information. The Foundation works with state and federal agencies, and private conservation organizations to offer landowner education workshops on various topics throughout the state and publish educational guides on several forest management topics.

Sustainable Forestry Initiative

The SFI program was launched in 1994 as one of the U.S. forest sector’s contributions to the vision of sustainable development established by the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. Its original principles and implementation guidelines began in 1995, and it evolved as the first SFI national standard backed by third-party audits in 1998.

Today, SFI Inc. is an independent, non-profit organization responsible for maintaining, overseeing and improving a sustainable forestry certification program that is internationally recognized and is the largest single forest standard in the world. The SFI 2015-2019 Standard is based on principles and measures that promote sustainable forest management and consider all forest values. It includes unique fiber sourcing requirements to promote responsible forest management on all forest lands in North America. SFI certification also extends to the market. When they see the SFI label on a product, consumers can be confident they are buying wood or paper from responsible sources – whether it is reams of paper, packaging or two-by-fours.

Inconsistent Practices

Inconsistent practices are any activities conducted by SFI program participants that are not consistent with the SFI standard. In Arkansas an SFI Implementation Committee (SIC) has developed a confidential process to receive, respond to, and follow up on any complaints. To report an inconsistent practice, contact the Arkansas Forestry Association at 501.374.2441.

Important Sustainable Forestry Resources for Forest Landowners:

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