Conservation & Community
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative is more than just a standard, it’s a diverse community dedicated to ensuring healthy and vibrant future forests. The SFI network adds value to forests and the products they provide whether it’s through landowners conducting good management, brand owners providing consumers with sustainable products or academic institutions developing the next generation of forest leaders.
Researchers and conservationists collaborate with SFI and SFI Program Participants across North America, both on and off lands certified to the SFI standard. With 280 million acres (110 million hectares) certified to the SFI Forest Management Standard, research and conservation projects are conducted from the U.S. South to Canada’s northern boreal forest.
Supporting conservation research is a central tenet of the SFI program. We see it as a way to further the conservation value of SFI-certified forests and lands subject to SFI’s fiber-sourcing requirements. In fact, SFI is the only forest certification standard in the world that requires participants to support forestry research. These activities include improving forest health, productivity and sustainability. Since 1995, SFI-certified organizations have contributed $1.6 billion toward forest research.
SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program
In addition to efforts being conducted by SFI Program Participants and partners, SFI Inc. directly invests in conservation and research partnerships through the Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program. Since the program began in 2010, SFI has awarded 53 Conservation and 49 Community Partnership grants totaling more than $3.4 million to foster conservation and community-building projects. When leveraged with project partner contributions, that total investment exceeds $13.2 million.
SFI Implementation Committees
The SFI community doesn’t end with conservation. We understand that sustainable forestry must be grounded in sustainable communities. The SFI program, through 34 state, provincial and regional SFI Implementation Committees, meets its core social responsibilities through community collaboration. These grassroots committees, operating in 42 states and provinces, promote the SFI Standard as a means of broadening the practice of responsible forestry, and regularly engage in outreach activities in their local communities, expanding the understanding and connection between communities and forests.