About Us

Located in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, the Forest Industry Safety and Training Alliance, Inc. is a nationally recognized, non-profit safety training and education organization for the forest industry. FISTA is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization governed by a twelve-member Board of Directors with two full-time staff members. In business since 1991, FISTA is committed to providing quality training at a fair cost. FISTA provides safety training and education to workers in forestry-related industries to:

  • Decrease the number and severity of logging related accidents
  • Improve productivity and professionalism
  • Promote awareness and practice of environmentally sound principles

FISTA's focus, however, is not limited to the forest industry. We are most well-known for our hands-on Chainsaw Safety Training Program. This program can be conducted in any location across the country and tailored to meet your organizations specific needs. We provide training for a wide variety of groups including utility companies, landowners, highway departments, recreational organizations, correctional facilities, conservation districts, municipalities, loggers, foresters, and more.

In Wisconsin, FISTA provides training and education for forest industry personnel and maintains a database of these individuals for the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®).

All SFI® training is conducted in accordance with the annual SFI® Training Standard. In Wisconsin this training includes Best Management Practices (BMP's) for Water Quality and Invasive Species as well as annual Continuing Education requirements.