Pennsylvania SFI Implementation Committee: Bringing the Standard to Life - At the heart of the SFI Program are SFI Implementation Committees (SICs). There are 34 SICs across the United States and Canada, with close to 1,000 volunteers. Our active presence on the ground is resulting in significant contributions to individual communities through activities such as training loggers and other resource professionals and sponsoring outreach to landowners on responsible forest management. The Pennsylvania SFI Implementation Committee was established in 1995 and extends the SFI Program's reach by working to foster an appreciation of conservation and forest management throughout Pennsylvania. Learn more in this introductory brochure.
The SFI 2015-2019 Standard - The foundation of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative is the program standard. SFI Standards are based on principles that promote continual improvement in sustainable forest management practices. SFI sets standards for forest management and fiber sourcing, as well as chain-of-custody practices - all of which are third-party audited by accredited certification bodies. Certified SFI Program Participants must comply with all portions of the current SFI 2015-2019 Standards.
Forestry With Confidence - This publication is designed to help landowners examine their woodlands and answer the following questions: Am I getting all the benefits my woods can provide? Are my woods as healthy and valuable as I would like them to be? Am I taking advantage of the assistance available to me? With proper stewardship, woodlands can provide the kinds of things landowners own their woodlands for, including more wildlife viewing and hunting opportunities, increased timber income, and additional recreational opportunities.
Best Management Practices for Pennsylvania Forests - In 1993 the Pennsylvania Forest Issues Working Group (FIWG) developed this publication as a means of establishing minimal acceptable forest management guidelines that could be used and applied by landowners, loggers, foresters, and other natural resource professionals throughout Pennsylvania. These voluntary guidelines provide the fundamental basis for practicing sound and sustainable forest management in Pennsylvania.
Timber Harvest Operations Field Guide for Waterways, Wetlands and Erosion Control - The purpose of this publication is to assist timber harvesters to prepare and implement soil erosion and sediment control plans, and to work around streams and wetlands. It contains information on Best Management Practices for protecting water quality and Pennsylvania laws related to timber harvesting operations in and around waters of the Commonwealth.
Managing Timber to Promote Sustainable Forests - At least 80 percent of the raw material used for wood products by the forest industry is from privately owned woodlands. This publication provides material designed to help landowners, foresters, and loggers to assess the sustainability of a planned timber harvest. It includes methods for collecting overstory and understory data, inspecting these data, and assessing sustainability.
DEP Integrated Water Quality Report - The Pennsylvania Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report [Integrated Report - 305(b) and 303(d)] is a biennial report prepared by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) that assesses the quality of waters in Pennsylvania and identifies waters that are impaired for various reasons. The Integrated report demonstrates the effectiveness of state forestry BMPs taught by PA SFI and the overall negligible negative impact that timber harvesting has on water quality.
Pennsylvania SFI Directory - This directory includes SFI Program Participants, SIC Partners and Supporters and SFI Trained Timber Harvesters operating in Pennsylvania. When you buy Pennsylvania hardwood, you’re buying the world’s best. When you take the next step and buy Pennsylvania hardwood from manufacturers/suppliers that are certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) program, support its Principles, or are trained under its Standards, you’re helping ensure a continuous supply of quality hardwoods for generations to come.
Sustainable Forestry: A Guide for Pennsylvania Forest Landowners - Private forest landowners own 70% of Pennsylvania's 17 million acres of forestland. Many of these landowners are unfamiliar with sustainable forest management practices. This guide is designed to summarize and direct forest landowners to information that can help them make informed, knowledgeable decisions about managing their forests in a way that meets their ownership goals, and the needs of the public, for today as well as future generations. This brochure is a valuable resource when speaking with forest owners to help guide them along the path of sustainable management. It replaces the PA SFI Implementation Committee Landowner Packets that had been distributed through our program for many years.
Guide to Professional Timber Harvester Training Program - The Pennsylvania SFI Implementation Committee has been operating the PA SFI Professional Timber Harvester Training Program since 1995. More than 7,000 individuals have participated in the program to date. Many landowners, foresters, and forest product mills operating in Pennsylvania require that their timber harvesters be SFI Trained. This guide outlines how an individual can become SFI Trained and details requirements of the program.
Tips To Consider When Selling Your Timber - The timber on your land may well represent one of the largest financial transactions you’ll ever make. It is a complex undertaking that you must plan for in advance. Don’t make the mistake of selling your timber without first giving serious thought to what you’d like to do with your land in the future. The steps detailed in this brochure can go a long way toward ensuring that your timber sale will be painless and profitable.
How To Choose A Quality Logger How you sell your trees, and select the professional contractors who do the harvesting, are important decisions. They can either perpetuate the many values of your forest virtually forever, or badly damage the land and imperil its ability to bring you future financial income and personal and aesthetic pleasure — the reasons you own the land in the first place. The purpose of this brochure is to help you act wisely while preparing for the harvest of your trees.
Is Working As A Logger For You? - Have you ever considered a career in the logging industry? Motivated and trainable entry-level woods workers are currently in high demand. This publication describes basic qualifications for logging employment, characterizes several logging configurations, and presents statements from employers about what to expect from employment in logging. It also provides a link to contacts who can connect motivated individuals to employers and training opportunities.
OSHA Logging Regulations - Final Rule - By many measures, Logging is the most hazardous industry in the United States, particularly the activity of manual felling. This document outlines OSHA recommended and required work practices designed to reduce logging hazards.