SFI Inc. is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management. We work with conservation groups, local communities, resource professionals, landowners and countless other organizations and individuals who share our passion for responsible forest management.
Our board of directors represents environmental, social and economic interests equally and we address local needs through a unique grassroots network of SFI Implementation Committees.
Our forest certification standard is based on principles that promote sustainable forest management, including measures to protect water quality, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, species at risk and Forests with Exceptional Conservation Value.
The standard is used widely across North America, and has strong acceptance in the global marketplace so we can deliver a steady supply of wood and paper products from legal and responsible sources. This is especially important at a time when there is growing demand for green building and responsible paper purchasing, and less than 10 percent of the world's forests are certified.
Michigan SFI Program Highlights
12 Program Participants managing over six million acres in Michigan.
The MI SFI Implementation Committee (IC) includes representation from 12 major forest products industry companies, non-industrial private landowners and Michigan DNR.
A toll-free "inconsistent practices hotline" was initiated as part of the process to address inconsistent practices and as a communication tool. You can call the SFI "Inconsistent Practices Hotline" at 1-800-474-1718.
In 2011 the MI SFI IC undertook the ambitious project of the first state-wide Best Management Practices (BMP) audit since the mid-90's.
Logger + Trainee Database
The SFI 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 two components core training (CT) and continuing education training (CE). This database can be checked by foresters and procurement staff who work for SFI-certified companies.
Facts About Forestry
Do we need trees for oxygen?
No. Compared to the oxygen reserves in the atmosphere, trees produce a very tiny amount. Considering all the vegetation on the Earth, trees also don't contribute much. The oceans produce far more oxygen than trees. Remember that the purpose of photosynthesis is not to produce oxygen, but to produce sugars.