The Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI) is pleased to announce that Poison Springs State Forest, the Arkansas state forest managed by the Agriculture Department's Forestry Commission, has earned certification to the SFI 2015-2019 Forest Management Standard through a rigorous third-party audit. Certifying to SFI sends a strong signal about Arkansas's commitment to sustainable forest management, conservation, and economic opportunity for its citizens. "It shows we are working to ensure that our forests will remain healthy and productive for generations to come. Certification to SFI also boosts our competitive position in national and international markets because we can demonstrate that our forest products come from well‑managed forests," said Joe Fox, Arkansas's State Forester. Click Read More below for additional information.
Do you want to give your feedback as we revise our benchmark for sustainable forest management? But feel like you need more information on how this vital document is changing? Then make sure you register for our upcoming webinars!
Taking place 12 and 14 June, these webinars will introduce and explain the main proposed changes to PEFC ST 1003 – the international benchmark that provides the basis for the requirements that forest owners or managers must meet to achieve PEFC certification at local level.
Make sure you register now so you don’t miss out.
Expanding forest certification to Trees outside Forests
In addition, we will also be holding a special webinar on 13 June specifically focusing on the new Trees outside Forests appendix.
The inclusion of Trees outside Forests (ToF) is an important step towards supporting sustainable management of trees throughout landscapes, whether agroforestry or even trees within settlement areas.
It will enable millions of farmers and smallholders to obtain PEFC certification whilst promoting good agricultural practices: helping to increase income and the productivity of agricultural land and agroforestry, especially in developing countries.
From reducing poverty (SDG 1) and hunger (SDG 2) to influencing sustainable cities (SDG 11) and the well-being of urban populations (SDG 3), our ToF certification is set to have wide-ranging impacts that will extend way beyond our forests.
more at: https://pefc.org/news-a-media/general-sfm-news/2545-we-explain-the-changes-to-our-sustainable-forest-management-benchmark