The Southern Forests Network (SFN) is
focused on shifting our region’s timber industry away from unsustainable
forest management, centralized production and external ownership back into the
hands of landowners, workers, and local businesses in the South. We are working
together to conserve private forestlands and cultivate sustainable forest-based
economies by making sustainable forestry accessible and profitable for
landowners, workers, and businesses.
ongoing activities include:
of a weekly email newsletter that contains news stories, resources, tools, a
calendar of events, and other items related to sustainable forestry issues.
- An annual meeting to bring
members together for information and idea sharing, instructional workshops,
and field trips.
- Monitoring information,
trends, and activities in sustainable forestry and keeping members informed.
- Providing support to
member activities, such as data compilation and analysis, participating in
local strategy development, facilitating collaborations, and assisting with
the development of educational materials.
Forest Stewardship Council Certification in the South
are working to facilitate FSC certification for forestlands and wood
processing, and develop strong regional markets for certified wood products.
are developing tools and resources for landowners and forestry professionals,
and providing forestland owners in the South with a strong unified voice
advocating for sound and profitable forest management and increased support
for sustainable forestry.
Genetically Engineered Trees
are monitoring the development of genetic engineering in forest plants and
advocating for a moratorium on field releases of genetically engineered trees.
Links with Land Trusts
are working closely with the Land Trust Alliance and the Forest Guild to
create stronger links between land trusts and forest managers.
more information about joining the Network, email
or call ( 828-277-9008 ) us.