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Across Canada and the United States, 280 million acres (110 million hectares) are certified to the SFI forest management standard, the largest single forest standard in the world.
The SFI program's unique fiber sourcing requirements promote responsible forest management on all suppliers' lands. SFI chain-of-custody (COC) certification tracks the percentage of fiber from certified forests, certified sourcing and post-consumer recycled content. SFI on-product labels identify both certified sourcing and COC claims to help consumers make responsible purchasing decisions. SFI Inc. is governed by a three-chamber board of directors representing environmental, social and economic sectors equally.
Reforestation is one key to sustainable forestry and maintaining healthy forestlands. Under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative program, companies plant or grow more trees than are harvested each year. In fact, over one million acres are reforested each year under the SFI program. Thanks to the hard work of the men and women working in our forests, we now have more forestland today than we did on the very first Earth Day in 1970.
Simply stated, sustainable forestry is working with nature to ensure the future of the nation's forests for generations to come. The Sustainable Forestry Initiative program is based on the premise that responsible environmental practices and sound business practices can be integrated to the benefit of landowners, shareholders, customers and the people they serve.
The SFI program provides a means for foresters, landowners, loggers and wood and paper producers to satisfy the growing demand of the American people for environmental responsibility while still being able to produce -at an affordable price - the forest products upon which people have come to rely.