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Intro Section

The SFI program was conceived as part of the forest products industry’s strategic vision to balance society’s need for forest products with stewardship of trees, streams, wetlands, plants and animals that are part of the forested environments.

      Today, SFI Inc. is an independent, non-profit organization responsible for maintaining, overseeing and improving a sustainable forestry certification program that is internationally recognized and is the largest single forest standard in the world.

     The SFI Standard is based on principles and measures that promote sustainable forest management and consider all forest values. It includes unique fiber sourcing requirements to promote responsible forest management on all forest lands in North America.

     SFI certification also extends to the market. When they see the SFI label on a product, consumers can be confident they are buying wood or paper from responsible sources – whether it is reams of paper, packaging or two-by-fours.

     Through the SFI program, we can continue to reward investors, create jobs, and extend sound management throughout our nation’s forests for the benefit of generations to come.


2015 SFI Progress Report

I am pleased to present you with the 2015 SFI Progress Report: Growing the Future.   At the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), we believe the future of our forests and our shared quality of life depend on strengthening the vital links between healthy forests, responsible purchasing and sustainable communities.   Our beliefs are based on a 20-year history of leadership on behalf of forests and the communities that depend on them. The story of SFI's leadership unfolds in the pages of this report, interwoven through the data, people and accomplishments that constitute the SFI community across North America.   As we celebrate our 20th anniversary, we look forward to a future where the global community has addressed deforestation and illegal logging, and takes pride in purchasing forest products derived from a responsibly managed renewable resource.   Thank you for being part of the SFI community. Together, we are making a difference. 

Kathy Abusow
President and CEO Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. 

Kentucky SIC

The Kentucky SFI Implementation Committee (KY SIC) works with local groups and agencies to provide leadership and share best practices to improve forest management on both certified and uncertified lands in the commonwealth. The KY SIC makes important contributions in assuring SFI Standard conformance and SFI program recognition.

 What does the KY SIC Do?

  •  Provides information and answers questions about local forestry operations and participates in community outreach. 
  • Promotes the use of best management practices, certified & trained logging professionals and qualified resource professionals to landowners across the state and plays a vital role in landowner outreach. 
  • Establishes protocols for addressing inconsistent practices in forest management.
  • Serves as a hub of informational resources to help increase the amount of SFI certified forest in Kentucky and recruit participants.
  • Promote and disseminate forestry research and the provision of accessible forest management statistics.

The KY SIC is funded by participant companies/organization via dues or in-kind services (link to members list). KFIA oversees and directs the SFI program in Kentucky according to published by-laws. For more information on the SFI program and how you can participate, contact

News Section

Upcoming Event:

Continued Education on a Silver Platter: The KY SIC supported the development of a continuing education video about Invasive Species presented by the North Carolina Forestry Assn.  You can gain KY Master Logger (2 credit hours) and SAF CEC credits (in process of being approved) for watching this video and returning the questionnaire with proper form to those organizations.  Please contact KFIA should you want a copy so you can obtain CECs in the comfort of your lounge chair! Or download this link for your convenience -Invasive Species Questionaire

Outreach to General Public:
The KY SIC and KY Tree Farm Committee jointly redesigned the table top display used for all outreach efforts.  I am proud to say it is a simple but yet beautiful display housed at the KFIA office available to all upon request.  Check it out the next time you are in Frankfort and put it on the road.

Support : The KY SIC sponsored 25 Foresters to receive Cooperating Forester Training at the Center for Forest and Wood Certification

SFI Activities: 
·   Sponsored outreach activities such as the Forestry Field Days, UK Forest Industry Tour and the Woodland Owners Short Courses.
·  Published and advertisement targeting landowners to manage their forest in the Kentucky Woodlands Magazine, Log Truck Advertising. 
·  Kentucky Proud Magazine

Forest Management Documents
Forest Landowner Outreach BrochureOne page brochure lists all the elements a forest landowner should consider as a duty to owning land and services available to accomplish forest managment objectives1.70 MBDownload
Forest Certification Center Update 52.43 KBDownload
Forest & Wildlife ManagementArticle about the interdependent relationship between forest & wildlife management. It takes one to have the other.4.27 MBDownload