Sustainable Forestry FAQ
Sustainable Forestry Education's Frequently Asked Questions:
What is Michigan's SFI Trained Company Standard?
The SFE 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.
The most recent qualified logging professional standard can be found on this website under the education tab. In order to be considered a qualified logging professional crew, each logging crew MUST have at least one key field person (i.e., equipment operators, field supervisors) who have completed the SFE core training program AND has maintained their annual continuing education. The core consists of two days of training covering forest ecology, BMPs, MIOSHA awareness, silviculture, and a field course where many of the classroom subjects will be witnessed firsthand. An individual must complete all four of the core training sections in order to be qualified under the core program.
Continuing Education programs are offered by the SFE program, the Michigan Forest Products Council, MAT, MAT-SIF, MI-WI TPA and other agencies and organizations with an interest and expertise in aspects of forest management.
How many CE credits is a class worth?
Credits are based on the length of class in terms of hours. Most MI SFI IC sponsored sessions are worth either 4 or 8 hours. Approved outside agency/organizational CE sessions may be worth different amounts of CE credit. Consult course flyers and this website if in doubt about CE credit values.
Who keeps track of all this stuff, and what does it cost?
MI SFI IC administers and maintains a training database to track and verify each individual participating in the SFE program. There is currently no charge for taking MI SFI IC sponsored training sessions.
Some training sessions are sponsored by other organizations. For these classes, you must submit SFE Credit Request Form, use standard MI SFI IC sign-in sheets and/or the equivalent in order for attendees to receive MI CE credit. Additionally, some of these courses may charge a program fee.
What if a training session isn't advertised as carrying CE credit? Can I still get credit for taking the class?
It is possible to receive CE credit for a training session that is not advertised as carrying credits by contacting the SIC Coordinator. All requests for granting CE credit are reviewed and decided upon by the SFE subcommittee. It is important that you make requests two weeks PRIOR to the date of the training session, and that you get a copy of your sign-in sheets to the MI SFI IC coordinator as proof of course completion.
How can I check on my training status?
The database that is maintained by MI SIC IC can be checked by auditors, employees who work for SFI-certified companies or by education program participants and loggers themselves. It can be important that you maintain your own training records in case a database error arises.
What are some of the currently approved Continuing Education classes?
Basic Safety& Maintenance of Equipment
Forest Health Update
Hardwood Bucking to Improve Value Recovery
Protecting Sensitive Sites and Native Vegetation
Pulpwood Timber Cruising
BMP, Silviculture - Ecology, MIOSHA and Field Course Refreshers
Visual Quality Management
NE WI/UP MI Logger and Timber Industry ConferenceMI truck routes in WI Workshop
Where can I find the syllabus for the training courses?
What Can I Do if I Witness Logging Practices that Do Not Appear to be Consistent With SFI Guidelines?
You can call the SFI "Inconsistent Practices Hotline" at 1-800-474-1718 to report logging practices that are "inconsistent" with the guidelines of the SFI program. When you call, you will be asked for some basic information about the logging that is taking place. The SFI program will determine if the logging is being conducted by an SFI-trained logger, and if so, the complaint will be investigated by one of our district representatives until some resolution is reached.
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
Do we need trees for oxygen?
No. Compared to the oxygen reserves in the atmosphere, trees produce a very tiny amount. Considering all the vegetation on the Earth, trees also don't contribute much. The oceans produce far more oxygen than trees. Remember that the purpose of photosynthesis is not to produce oxygen, but to produce sugars.