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 core and continuing education (CE) training. This database can be checked by foresters who work for SFI-certified companies.
Facts About Forestry
Is Michigan running out of trees or forest?
No. Forest area is increasing slightly and forest volume is growing substantially. Michigan has some of the least harvested forests in the United States; however, there may be some areas within the state that are experiencing forest loss. This is typically caused by urban expansion and the construction of second homes, resorts, golf courses, etc.