The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) program is based on the premise that responsible environmental behavior and sound business decisions can coexist to the benefit of communities, landowners, manufacturers, shareholders, customers, and the environment, today and for future generations. It was launched in 1994 and has grown to become the largest single forest certification standard in the world.
The SFI program responds to local needs and issues through SFI Implementation Committees (SICs) at the state or regional level. This unique grassroots network involves private landowners, loggers, forestry professionals, local government agencies, academics, scientists, and conservationists. The Pennsylvania SIC was established in 1995 to promote the SFI forest standard as a means to broaden the practice of responsible forestry in Pennsylvania and achieve on-the-ground progress.