SFI IN VIRGINIA: WHAT WE DO
In Virginia, the SFI Program makes a difference at the grassroots level. The Virginia SFI Implementation Committee works across the forestry community to support programs that improve the practice of sustainable forestry throughout the Commonwealth.
Highlights of SFI activities in Virginia:
Best Management Practices - SFI promotes Forestry Best Management Practices (BMPs) that protect water quality. In Virginia, we work closely with the Virginia Department of Forestry and other state agencies to resolve concerns and complaints regarding forestry operations across the state.
Conservation of Biological Diversity - In Virginia, SFI strives to make a real difference in conservation practices implemented on the ground through research. These research initiatives advance our collective interests in improving forest health, clean water, biological diversity, climate change, while improving our understanding, productivity and sustainable management of forest resources.
Landowner Outreach - Forestry is the third largest industry in Virginia, contributing $21 billion annually to our economy, as well as 107,900 jobs. SFI appreciates the importance of the private individuals and family forest owners who own over 2/3 of Virginia's woodlands (10.1 million acres). What they do (or don't do) on their woodlands can have a significant impact on the overall health and productivity of our forests. The Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program (VFLEP) provides these private woodland owners with the information and tools they need to practice sound management on their land.
SHARP Logger Program - VA SFI helps to provide input and direct a state-wide logger education program, Sustainable Harvesting and Resource Professional Logger Program, (SHARP). Since 1996, more than 4,200 loggers and foresters have completed the logger training requirements of SFI, which aim at training loggers on the principles of sustainable forestry, environmental protection and workplace safety.