The benefits of the SFI program are demonstrated every day in Michigan as SFI program participants foster responsible, sustainable forestry practices among all landowners and among companies that manufacture paper and wood products.

But, all Michigan residents benefit, too.

Sustainably managed, healthy forests:

  • Provide economic, environmental and social benefits indispensable to the quality of life in Michigan;
  • Ensure the health and viability of Michigan’s $12 billion forest products industry;
  • Provide many environmental benefits, from air and water quality to wildlife habitat and green space;
  • Provide jobs for thousands of people and a tax base that supports Michigan communities; and
  • Give us other benefits, including essential building and paper products, and all types of recreational opportunities.

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

How long do trees live?

Most trees don't survive their first year. However, trees can live as long as 4,000 years, but this is very rare. In Michigan, tree species longevity ranges from about 80 years to about 1,200 years (potentially). Northern white cedar is the longest living tree species in Michigan.