All of the property available for access under the recreation access program is certified under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) Standard. The SFI® Standard is a voluntary third party certification system that ensures that forests are being managed sustainably. This means that water, soil and wildlife are protected while making sure that harvest rates are sustainable over the long term.
Property managed by Hancock Forest Management, WACF TA LLC, and TWR Timberlands are audited by an outside third-party auditor against a set of internationally recognized standards. Wood from these lands can be labeled with the SFI® Standards logo.
Forest certification began in the 1990s in response to market concerns about forest management and illegal logging, primarily in developing countries. The SFI® Standard program was launched in 1994. Its original principles and implementation guidelines began in 1995, and it evolved as the first national standard backed by third-party audits in 1998. The standard is revised every five years in order to continuously improve the program.
Today, SFI® Inc. is an independent, non-profit organization responsible for maintaining, overseeing and improving an internationally recognized sustainable forestry certification program. For more information, go to www.sfiprogram.org.