Sustainable Forestry Initiative
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative program is a comprehensive system of principles, objectives and performance measures developed by professional foresters, conservationists and scientists, among others that combines the perpetual growing and harvesting of trees with the long-term protection of wildlife, plants, soil and water quality.
There are currently over 150 million acres of forestland in North America enrolled in the SFI program, making it among the world’s largest sustainable forestry programs.
The SFI program was adopted by AF&PA in 1994, and as a testament to the association’s strong commitment to the goal of sustainable forestry, participation in the SFI program is a condition of membership for AF&PA.
Since 1994, AF&PA has asked 17 members to leave the association for failing to meet the SFI Standard.
The SFI Program is overseen by the SFB, an independent 501©3 organization, which is responsible for maintaining and enhancing the SFI Standard and verification procedures.