Sustainable Forestry Education SFE
Michigan's forest products industry community is committed to leading the way on sustainable forestry through programs such as Sustainable Forestry Education (SFE) – Michigan SFI's logger education program and Michigan’s Sustainable Forestry Initiative. The benefits of logger education are numerous and you can read about them in this document
The SFE program enhances the ability of SFI-certified wood purchasing companies to demonstrate that they are complying with sustainable harvesting and land management practices, and all logging firms working for these certified companies must undergo SFE training. The SFE program is critically important to gaining public support for forest management and timber harvesting and enhancing the industry's credibility.
For a list of MFPC-sponsored and other SFE training courses, as well as approved CE credit-bearing courses offered by outside agencies and organizations please view the 2019 SFI Training Schedule here. To register for an SFE course, please call the MFPC Office at 517-853-8880.
The resources located below will give you a good idea of what type of information is covered during the classes.
Logger + Trainee Database
The SFI training program was developed to satisfy the wood-procurement and harvesting requirements of the many SFI-certified wood purchasing companies in Michigan. SFE training consists of two components core training (CT) and continuing education training (CE). This database can be checked by foresters and procurement staff who work for SFI-certified companies.
Facts About Forestry
How long do trees live?
Most trees don't survive their first year. However, trees can live as long as 4,000 years, but this is very rare. In Michigan, tree species longevity ranges from about 80 years to about 1,200 years (potentially). Northern white cedar is the longest living tree species in Michigan.