The Sustainable Forestry Initiative celebrates forests every day, but every year on March 21 we join so many others to formally recognize the United Nations International Day of Forests. This year’s theme is “Forest restoration: a path to recovery and well‑being.” SFI’s mission directly supports this theme and the broader UN Sustainable Development Goals. SFI-certified forests and products are powerful tools to achieve shared goals such as mitigating climate change, conserving biodiversity, protecting clean water, reducing waste, educating current and future generations, and supporting sustainable economic development that creates jobs and improves lives.

There are more than 375 million acres/150 million hectares of forests certified to SFI with tens of millions more positively influenced by SFI fiber sourcing. And every day, SFI-certified organizations plant 2.5 million trees across the U.S. and Canada.

This year, SFI is pleased to share the first in a series of story maps—interactive tools to provide users with a new and immersive way to engage with SFI content.

The Conservation Impact Project Story Map provides insights into how SFI supports unique, science-based research and solutions to advance conservation outcomes in well-managed forests.
The SFI Forest Management Standard Story Map shares how SFI certification is working to shape markets to ensure that properly managed forests play a crucial role in keeping the planet healthy.

Access these story maps through the toolkit page on the SFI website. We encourage everyone to use these new tools, share them with others, and provide us with feedback.

SFI continues to work to advance sustainability through forest-focused collaborations. The International Day of Forests highlights what we can achieve when we work together for forests today and into the future.

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