SFI-certified companies are helping to mitigate climate change through their use of our 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 are promptly regenerated, and requiring programs and practices that reduce the likelihood of wildfire or reduce the proliferation of damaging invasive species.
Climate resilient forests are healthy forests. In addition to climate, sustainable forest management increases resiliency to threats such as fire and pests. While climate change is actually increasing the severity and frequency of wildfires, SFI provides practical solutions to reduce these multiple threats through careful management, which can reduce the potential for damaging wildfires. Many forested areas are now experiencing prolonged fire seasons. More than a billion acres/400 million hectares are at risk of fires throughout the year in the U.S. In Canada, an average of about 2.5 million hectares/6 million acres of land burn every year.
SFI is the only forest certification standard to require certified companies to support forest research. Since 1995, SFI-certified companies have directly invested nearly $1.8 billion in forest research to promote healthy, climate resilient forests.