Sustainable Forestry Initiative

 Sustainable Forestry Initiative

SFI Inc. is an independent, nonprofit organization that is solely responsible for maintaining, overseeing and improving the internationally recognized Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) program.

Across Canada and the United States, more than 350 million acres (140 million hectares) are certified to the SFI forest management standard, the largest single forest standard in the world. Currently in Texas, 2.5 million acres are SFI certified.

The SFI program's unique fiber sourcing requirements promote responsible forest management on all suppliers' lands. In Texas, 17 forest products manufacturers maintain the SFI fiber sourcing certificate and 107 companies across Texas carry the SFI chain-of-custody (COC) certificate. SFI on-product labels identify both certified sourcing and COC claims to help consumers make responsible purchasing decisions.

Texas Forestry Association, through its SFI State Implementation Committee, is leading the implementation of SFI in Texas. Other active participants are forest resource companies, forest products companies, the Texas A&M Forest Service and other organizations and members of the forestry community.

What Does SFI Mean to You

Texas SFI is promoting forest stewardship on several fronts:


Texas Forestry Association encourages private landowners to practice sustainable forestry by following Best Management Practices to protect soil and water resources; reforest following a final harvest; promote wildlife on their property; and much more. The SFI Committee sponsors educational workshops throughout east Texas to educate landowners on the importance of practicing sustainable forestry.


Texas SFI spon­sors infor­ma­tive dis­plays at numer­ous landown­er work­shops and pub­lic events every year.

State Fair 2022


In accor­dance with the require­ments of the 2022 SFI Fiber Sourc­ing Stan­dard, the SFI State Imple­men­ta­tion Com­mit­tee of Texas has devel­oped an assess­ment of Forests of Excep­tion­al Con­ser­va­tion Val­ue (FECVs) for log­gers and landown­ers. A list of Glob­al­ly Crit­i­cal­ly Imper­iled (G1) and Imper­iled (G2) species and ecosys­tems from Nature­Serve was con­glom­er­at­ed and will be used as a source for edu­ca­tion, infor­ma­tion, and mit­i­ga­tion to ensure their pro­tec­tion across the landscape.


Texas SFI has adopt­ed a set of guide­lines to respond to com­plaints about har­vest prac­tices that may be incon­sis­tent with SFI prin­ci­ples. The guide­lines were adopt­ed to ensure that mill inven­to­ries and pro­cure­ment prac­tices do not com­pro­mise adher­ence to SFI. The toll free num­ber to report incon­sis­tent prac­tices is (866) TXTREES or call the TFA office at (936) 632-TREE (8733).