Sustainable Forestry Initiative
As a company dedicated to the conservation of natural resources, The Westervelt Company is committed to the initiative to balance productivity with preservation — the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI). Prompt reforesting, protecting water quality, and preserving areas of historical or biological significance are just a few of the ways we preserve our forests for the future.
What is Sustainable Forestry?
The SFI program is a comprehensive system of principles, objectives and performance measures developed by professional foresters, conservationists and scientists, among others, that combines the perpetual growing and harvesting of trees with the long-term protection of wildlife, plants, soil and water quality.
Sustainable Forestry is a balanced approach to meet the growing needs of our communities and to nurture the health of our forests. The Westervelt Company considers the needs of the forests as a whole, investigating new strategies to improve water quality, reducing harvest areas to minimize the visual impacts on the landscape and finding solutions that protect endangered species and encourage biodiversity.
We realize our forests have to live long after us, and we're doing our part to make it happen. The five overarching SFI principles set out the broad goals of the program. They are:
- Meet the needs of the present without compromising future generations.
- Promote environmentally and economicaly responsible practices.
- Improve forest health and productivity.
- Manage certain forests to protect their special qualities.
- Continously improve forest management and track progress.
The 11 SFI objectives and performance measures define the requirements for member companies in their forest management activities. Individual objectives have numerous implementation points, as well.
- Broaden the practice of sustainable forestry in our own forests
- Protect and enhance forest productivity
- Protect water quality
- Enhance wildlife habitat
- Minimize the impact on visual quality
- Protect special sites
- Contribute to biodiversity
- Continue to improve utilization
- Broaden the practice of sustainable forestry with loggers and other landowners
- Publicly report performance
- Support public and forest community participation
For more information
If you are interested in learning more about SFI, detailed information about Sustainable Forestry is available at the SFI website.