Companies are helping to mitigate climate change through the use of SFI standards. The SFI Forest Management Standard requires a number of practices with direct climate benefits, such as ensuring forests remain vigorous and healthy, requiring harvested areas to be promptly reforested, and requiring programs and practices that reduce the likelihood of wildfire and reduce the spread of damaging invasive species.
Vigorous and healthy forests are also resilient to threats such as fire and pests. Many forested areas are now experiencing prolonged fire seasons as climate change increases the severity and frequency of wildfires. More than a billion acres/400 million hectares are at risk of fire each year in the U.S. In Canada, an average of about 2.5 million hectares/6 million acres of land burn every year. SFI provides practical solutions that can reduce the potential for damaging wildfires through careful management.
SFI is the only forest certification standard to require certified organizations to support research on forest sustainability. Since 1995, SFI-certified companies have directly invested nearly $1.8 billion in forest research that promotes resilient, sustainably managed forests.
Climate change is impacting all types of communities, including urban areas. But trees and forests cool cities and help clean the air, making cities healthier and more livable. Trees are vital to the health, wealth, and climate resiliency of all people who live in cities.