Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Awarded to St. Charles Companies

July 4, 2013

St. Charles Companies has received Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) certification for its forest management practices. Through this initiative, the 9,100 acre, master-planned community ensures lasting excellence in its stewardship of all St. Charles forested areas through the sustainable harvest of mature, overmature, diseased and suppressed timber.

“SFI certification is an important endorsement of just one part of our sustainable practices here at St. Charles,” said St. Charles Companies CEO, Alan Shearer. “This is a nationally recognized program that allows us to boost the natural benefits of the forest while allowing for healthy harvesting –ensuring that we are growing more wood than we are harvesting.”

The St. Charles Companies has retained forestry consultant, Fred Schatzki, R.F. of American Forest Management, Inc. All trees selected for harvesting will be designated by a qualified Maryland Registered Forester. Selection is based on identifying areas that have biologically and financially mature timber and areas that are in poor condition due to prior management activities and that are in need of improvement. Meanwhile, the removal of diseased, invasive and unhealthy trees will improve the overall health and vigor of the forest and will protect and enhance wildlife habitat, protect soil and water resources and enhance the visual appeal of the forest.

American Forest Management, Inc. (AFM) is one of the largest forest consulting and real estate brokerage firms in the United States. AFM currently manages more than 4.7 million acres of privately owned timberland and has sold more than $1 billion in real estate in 1,384 transactions since 2005. With 250 employees operating from 44 offices located in 15 states, AFM’s team of professionals is focused on meeting client needs by providing a complete range of forestry services. Our small regionally dispersed offices allow us to provide individualized services, and our large overall size allows us to coordinate teams of foresters and technical specialists for large, complex jobs.

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 Canada and the United States, more than 240 million acres (nearly 100 million hectares) are certified under the SFI forest management standard, the largest single forest standard in the world. The SFI program was launched in 1994 as one of the U.S. forest sector’s contributions to the vision of sustainable development established by the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. Its original principles and implementation guidelines began in 1995, and it evolved as the first SFI national standard backed by third-party audits in 1998.

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