SFI Implementation Committees (SICs) perform local outreach and education activities that promote sustainable forestry, the SFI Program, and SFI Standard compliance. Through a consensus-based process, SFI Program Participants have defined SIC responsibilities as:
Core SIC Mission â€“ Priorities for all SICs
- Establish criteria and identify delivery mechanisms for logger and forester training to define what it means to be â€śSFI trainedâ€ť;
- Establish and maintain protocols for addressing inconsistent practices;
- Focus landowner outreach efforts on education and technical assistance;
- Focus public outreach efforts on increasing SFI Program recognition and support with local opinion leaders and forestry professionals;
- Document progress through a SIC Annual Progress Report to SFI Inc.; and
- Protect the integrity of the SFI program by: a) ensuring proper SIC service mark usage, b) alerting SFI Inc. when improper communications or misleading claims are observed, and c) avoiding the appearance of participation or compliance by non-SFI Program Participants.
Secondary SIC Mission â€“ Priorities determined by each SIC, individual participants may choose not to participate or support even if the SIC pursues these objectives.
- Provide delivery mechanisms for logger and forester training to address SFI Program needs not adequately provided by other programs;
- Sponsor active public outreach efforts that may include paid advertising;
- Encourage large landowners and all forest products manufacturers to enroll as SFI Program Participants; encourage family forest owners to participate in Tree Farm or similar programs as appropriate; and
- Encourage agencies to provide timely, accurate harvest and regeneration statistics.