SFI is the only forest standard that requires certified organizations to invest in research.

Research drives innovation and new ideas. It helps address pressing conservation issues and threats to forests like invasive species and climate change. Sound research helps guide forest management planning today and how it evolves tomorrow.

SFI‑certified organizations meet SFI’s requirement for supporting research by funding research and through on-the-ground conservation, community, and education projects involving partners from government, conservation, academia, local communities, research organizations, and others. These diverse participants help ensure the relevancy and public benefits of research supported and conducted by SFI‑certified organizations.

With more than 370 million acres/150 million hectares certified to the SFI Forest Management Standard, and tens of millions more positively influenced by the SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard, SFI has the necessary scale to support impactful forest research. The geographic extent and diversity of these partnerships and projects assures a high level of impact on sustainable forestry and conservation, both on and off SFI‑certified lands. Research outcomes also speak to the diversity of forest types and species across the U.S. and Canada, ensuring relevancy to managers in virtually every region.

The combination of SFI research dollars and the massive, continental scale at which we operate makes SFI a powerful force for advancing our collective interests in climate change, biodiversity, water, and sustainable forestry—making a real difference in practices implemented on the ground.