In the world of Dr. Seuss, the Lorax may speak for the trees, but here in real life we’ve got the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) to stand watch over our arboreal companions. Across North America, more than 200 million acres are certified by the SFI program. The unique fiber sourcing requirements of the program “promote responsible forest management, supports domestic working forest communities and workers, and provides chain-of-custody certification to reassure buyers they are purchasing from sustainably resourced products.”
The SFI program was founded in 1994 as part of the U.S. forest sector’s work toward sustainable development as envisioned by the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. By 1998, SFI was the first national standard backed by third-party audits, and remains a fully independent, charitable organization dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management.
And now to help spread the beauty of the forest, the organization is holding its 2013 SFI Forestry Photo Contest, with prizes of $300 for each of six categories:
- Conservation (taken on SFI-certified land)
- Scenic forests (taken on SFI-certified land)
- Harvesting (taken on SFI-certified land)
- SFI-labeled products