Protecting our forests

 

Contrary to claims made by ForestEthics in your May 30 article ForestEthics group: ‘Green’ seal not worth paper it’s printed on, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) plays a recognized, positive role in improving forest management in the United States and Canada.

An independent nonprofit, SFI is a respected global leader with more than 240 million acres of forestland in North America certified. Our organization is governed by an 18-member board equally divided among environmental, social and economic chambers.

Every decision requires a two-thirds majority, so the notion that the forestry industry controls SFI is nonsense.

Note also that SFI is a standards-setting organization, not a certification body. Our program participants are audited against the SFI Standard by independently accredited certification bodies and we have no role in determining whether a certificate gets granted or not.

If ForestEthics, Greenpeace or anyone else wants to improve SFI’s Standard, they can participate in our scheduled Standard Revision process, which kicked off on June 5 and includes two public comment periods and a series of public workshops across North America. But outright misrepresentations and attacks are not productive to protecting our forests, water, air, fish and wildlife.

Kathy Abusow, president and CEO, Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Washington, D.C.

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