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
Program participants manage over six million acres in Michigan, according to the SFI Forest Management Standards. A large portion of Michigan mill fiber also comes from harvests conducted by SFI trained Qualified Logging Professionals (QLP) which are conducted according to the SFI Fiber Sourcing Standards.
The MI State Implementation Committee (SIC) includes representation from forest products industry, both industrial and non-industrial private landowners in Michigan, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and academia.
A toll-free "inconsistent practices hotline" was initiated as part of the inconsistent practice reporting process. You may call the SFI "Inconsistent Practices Hotline" at 1-800-474-1718 to report practices appearing inconsistent with either the Forest Management or Fiber Sourcing Standards.
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
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.