South Carolina Forestry Commission
News Release

November 21, 2013

Forestry Sector Thanks Governor Haley for Sustained Support

: State Forester Gene Kodama (center) and Sustainalble Forestry Initiative’s Barry Graden present Gov. Haley with framed letter of thanks for her support for seeking SFI certification for SCFC state forests.(Columbia, SC)  The Sustainable Forestry Initiative and the SC Forestry Commission are thanking SC Governor Nikki Haley for her continuing support for the forest industry in the Palmetto State.

Recently, forestlands owned by the South Carolina Forestry Commission received national recognition by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI).  Governor Haley threw her support behind this important designation.  SFI’s Barry Graden and State Forester Gene Kodama visited Governor Haley’s office last week to present her with a framed letter of thanks in a show of appreciation.

“Governor Haley acknowledges the importance of the forest sector as the number-one manufacturing segment, the hundreds of thousands of private forestland owners, and the jobs they support,” says State Forester Kodama.  “Certification of SC state forests will lead to improved demand for South Carolina-grown wood products and, ultimately, industry and job expansion.”

SFI Inc. is an independent, nonprofit organization that is solely responsible for maintaining, overseeing and improving the internationally recognized Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) program.  Across the United States and Canada, more than 240 million acres are certified to the SFI forest management standard, the largest single forest standard in the world.  The SFI program promotes responsible forest management on all suppliers' lands, both public and private.

SFI chain-of-custody (COC) certification tracks the percentage of fiber from certified forests, certified sourcing and post-consumer recycled content. SFI on-product labels identify both certified sourcing and COC claims to help consumers make responsible purchasing decisions.

Forests and forest-related business impact the South Carolina economy to the tune of more than $17 billion per year.  South Carolina exports a billion dollars in wood products annually.


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SC Forest-related businesses have a $17 billion annual impact on our economy.

For every $1.00 invested by the state in its Forestry Commission, forest industry produces about $1,200.00 of economic impact.

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