The SFI Small Lands Group Certification Module is built on the framework of the SFI 2015-2019 (Extended through December 2021) Fiber Sourcing Standard. The Module uses the infrastructure of this standard to find cost effective ways for mills or wood-procurement organizations to serve as Group Managers and engage small landowners in certification under one group certificate. Under the scope of this Module, a small forest or woodlot owner is defined as no more than 20,000 acres in total across an entire ownership.
Under the Module, any company certified to the SFI 2015-2019 (Extended through December 2021) Fiber Sourcing Standard may implement a landscape plan that helps achieve sustainable forest management practices on group-member lands through additional forest-management certification requirements. This module requires a commitment from the landowner to participate in a forest management plan. It also requires the group manager to engage with the landowner after the harvest. In order to make any claims that the fiber from these lands meet the requirements for SFI label use, the group manager, along with group members must be third party audited by an accredited certification body.