Independent scientific studies show the SFI program is improving on-the-ground forestry practices.
“Implementation with BMPs was statistically significantly higher when the timber was delivered to a Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) mill.” -Texas Forest Service
Voluntary Implementation of Best Management Practices in East Texas (PDF-2.2 mb) September 2005
“Landowners that were certified sustainable under either SFI or FSC had significantly stronger biodiversity practices than landowners not certified. ”
“There was no difference between FSC and SFI in terms of overall biodiversity practice scores. ” -Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences
Changing Timberland Ownership in the Northern Forest and Implications for Biodiversity (PDF-2.5 mb)
Independent Studies Show the Value of SFI Program Certification
Certification Assessment on Public and University Lands: A Field-Based Comparative Evaluation of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Programs (PDF-1 mb)
Matching Business Values with Forest Certification Systems, A Forest Certification Evaluation Tool For Buyers (PDF-452 kb)
Parallel Field Testing of Forest Certifcation Standards (PDF-2 mb)
U.K. Government Timber Procurement Policy, Assessment of Five Forest Certification Schemes
Praise for the SFI program from The Nature Conservancy.
Click here to read Steve McCormick’s letter (PDF-37kb).
Praise for the SFI program from The Pacific Forest Trust.
Click here to read Laurie Wayburn’s letter. (PDF-98kb).