A Comparison of the FSC and SFI Forest Certification Standards

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Description: The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) standards offer two approaches to forest management certification.  Both programs recently updated their standards for forest certification auditing in the United States.  This webinar will review the FSC and SFI standards and some of their key differences.  The information from this discussion will be helpful to land managers that are audited to these standards as well as to manufacturers and customers interested in understanding the requirements behind these eco-labels.

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Katie is Executive Director with Dovetail Partners, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide authoritative information about the impacts and trade-offs of environmental decisions, including consumption choices, land use, and policy alternatives. Katie has worked on development and forest management issues in a range of roles. She has extensive experience in natural resource inventories, comprehensive planning, environmental impact assessments and the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Katie has also developed and managed a group certification project for family forests and worked to increase local capacity to provide forest management and marketing services that are compatible with certification standards. Katie is also an experienced forest certification lead auditor. Katie has been a leader within the forest community in the Upper Midwest through her service as Chair of the Minnesota Society of American Foresters and her appointment to the Minnesota Forest Resource council.