The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) program is based on 13 principles and 15 supporting objectives. Principle No. 1 is the defining element of the SFI program and Standard, and the other eight principles flow from that statement:

  1. Sustainable Forestry—To practice sustainable forestry to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs; practicing a land stewardship ethic that integrates reforestation and the growing and harvesting of trees for useful products with the conservation of soil, air and water quality, biological diversity, wildlife and aquatic habitat, recreation and aesthetics.

  2. Forest Productivity and Health—To provide for regeneration after harvest and maintain the productive capacity of the forest land base, and to protect and maintain long-term forest health and soil productivity.

  3. Protection of Water Resources—To protect water bodies and riparian zones, and to conform with best management practices to protect water quality.

  4. Protection of Biological Diversity—To manage forests in ways that protect and promote biological diversity, including animal and plant species, wildlife habitats, and ecological or natural community types.

  5. Aesthetics and Recreation—To manage the visual impacts of forest operations, and to provide recreational opportunities for the public.

  6. Protection of Special Sites—To manage forests and lands of special significance (ecologically, geologically or culturally important) in a manner that protects their integrity and takes into account their unique qualities.

  7. Responsible Fiber Sourcing Practices in North America—To use and promote among other forest landowners sustainable forestry practices that are both scientifically credible and economically, environmentally and socially responsible.

  8. Legal Compliance—To comply with applicable federal, provincial, state, and local forestry and related environmental laws, statutes, and regulations.

  9. Research—To support advances in sustainable forest management through forestry research, science and technology.

  10. Training and Education—To improve the practice of sustainable forestry through training and education programs.

  11. Community Involvement and Social Responsibility—To broaden the practice of sustainable forestry on public lands through community involvement.

  12. Transparency—To broaden the understanding of forest certification to the SFI 2010-2014 Standard by documenting certification audits and making the findings publicly available.

  13. Continual Improvement—To continually improve the practice of forest management, and to monitor, measure and report performance in achieving the commitment to sustainable forestry.

Click to download the 2015-2019 Forest Management Standard

Click to download the SFI 2015-2019 Standards and Rules – full package


Performance Measures

Performance Measure 2.1 - Program Participants shall provide information to landowners for reforestation following harvest, for the use of best management practices, and for identification and protection of important habitat elements for wildlife and biodiversity, including Forests with Exceptional Conversation Value. View a list of websites containing information specific to performance measure indicators.  

Performance Measure 11.2 - Program Participants shall work individually and/or with SFI Implementation Committees, logging or forestry associations, or appropriate agencies or others in the forestry community to foster improvement in the professionalism of wood producers. View which training courses cover the objectives under Performance Measure 16.2.


Logger + Trainee Database

The SFE training program was developed to satisfy the wood-procurement and harvesting requirements of the many SFI-certified wood purchasing companies in Michigan. SFE training consists of core and continuing education (CE) training. This database can be checked by foresters who work for SFI-certified companies.

Facts About Forestry

Is Michigan running out of trees or forest?

No. Forest area is increasing slightly and forest volume is growing substantially. Michigan has some of the least harvested forests in the United States; however, there may be some areas within the state that are experiencing forest loss. This is typically caused by urban expansion and the construction of second homes, resorts, golf courses, etc.