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

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.