Non-PA SFI Course Credit Form - Training courses taken from other sources may qualify for PA SFI continuing education credit, provided the subject of the course is relevant to the SFI program. Individuals seeking CE credit must submit this completed course registration form, a course agenda, and the administrative fee to the PA SFI Implementation Committee office. One year of CE credit will be given for a 4-hour course and two years of credit will be given for an 8-hour course.
PA SFI Treatment Unit Sustainability Assessment Form (TUSAF) - Provides forest landowners and forestry practitioners with a tool to assess their current forest condition, develop a desired forest condition, and evaluate the results of their harvesting operation. This assessment form can be used in combination with the TUSAF Sustainability Key below. (Also, refer to "Managing Timber to Promote Sustainable Forests" under the publications section of this website for more information on the use of this form).
PA SFI Treatment Unit Sustainability Key (TUSAF) - This key can be used to determine whether a proposed timber harvest will achieve a sustainable outcome. The sustainability key asks a series of paired questions or couplets that relate to the harvesting decisions that were made for the stand. The key provides guidance by suggesting the proposed operation will result in a potentially sustainable outcome, an uncertain outcome that should be reconsidered, or a potentially unsustainable outcome. This sustainability key can be used in combination with the TUSAF Assessment Form above. (Also, refer to "Managing Timber to Promote Sustainable Forests" under the publications section of this website for more information on the use of this form).
PA SFI Timber Harvest Checklist - This checklist provides a handy reference for foresters, landowners, and timber harvesting professionals to make sure they are conducting their forest operations in accordance with the principles and objectives of the SFI program.
PA SFI Timber Harvesting Assessment Form - Provides forest landowners and timber sale administrators with specific items to evaluate during or after a silvicultural operation to ensure water quality protection, sustainable forest management practices, and more.
PA SFI Inconsistent Practices Form - The Pennsylvania SFI Implementation Committee (SIC) responds to allegations of practices that appear inconsistent with the SFI Standard principles and objectives. Inconsistent practices either cause or have the potential to cause, problems associated with a timber harvest. Likely issues are soil erosion, stream sedimentation, failed regeneration, and/or poor residual stand conditions. The Inconsistent Practices Program provides a venue for reporting and addressing these concerns.
Erosion and Sediment Control Plan for a Timber Harvesting Operation - In Pennsylvania a written Erosion and Sedimentation Control Plan (E&S Plan) is required for all operations that disturb 5,000 square feet of land or more. An E&S Plan is a site-specific plan identifying the use of E&S Best Management Practices (BMPs) to minimize accelerated erosion and sedimentation. The pertinent regulations can be found in the Pennsylvania Code, Title 25. Environmental Protection, Chapter 102.4(b).
DEP General Permit (GP) 7: Minor Road Crossings (permanent) - Authorizes: (1) the construction, operation and maintenance of minor road crossings across wetlands which individually disturbs less than 0.1 acre of wetlands with cumulative impacts that total less than 0.25 acres; (2) the construction, operation and maintenance of a minor road crossing across a stream where the watershed drainage area is 1.0 square mile or less; and (3) the removal of an existing minor road crossing across a stream where the drainage area is 1.0 square mile or less.
DEP General Permit (GP) 8: Temporary Road Crossings - Authorizes the construction, operation and maintenance of temporary road crossings across regulated waters of this Commonwealth for one year, including wetland crossings less than 200 feet, where no practicable alternatives exist.
Erosion and Sedmient Control Permit (ESCP) - Pennsylvania timber harvesting operations that will disturb 25 acres or more require a permit from DEP (The earth disturbance area is the total area of haul roads, landings, and skid trails). Inquiries as to whether or not a permit is required should be addressed to the local county conservation district or DEP Regional Office.