These requirements include measures to help protect water quality, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, species at risk and forests with exceptional conservation value. The SFI 2022 Forest Management Standard applies to any organization in the United States or Canada that owns or manages forestlands.
SFI‑certified organizations who own or manage forestland are certified to the SFI 2022 Forest Management Standard (Section 2, SFI 2022 Standards and Rules). To be certified, forest operations must undergo independent audits by competent and accredited certification bodies.
SFI is committed to continuously improve responsible forest management. SFI‑certified organizations must meet or exceed applicable water quality laws and regulations, with measures to manage and protect water wetlands and riparian zones on certified lands. They must continually evaluate habitat and biodiversity impacts from forest activities – which leads to improved habitat quality, and protection of imperiled or critically imperiled species.
SFI‑certified organizations must comply with the comprehensive forestry laws that apply to them in the United States and Canada, and practice responsible forestry on their certified lands.