NatureServe Works with Sustainable Forestry Initiative
Help Protect Critical Habitats
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), the forest certification
standard that is followed by most major timber companies, has incorporated NatureServe
standards and data into its certification procedures as a means to identify
forests of exceptional conservation value and strengthen biodiversity protection.
Companies seeking SFI certification must identify and protect on their lands
all species and ecological communities assessed as imperiled or critically imperiled
by NatureServe and its natural heritage member programs. The new SFI standards,
adopted as of July 1, 2002, affect the management of 77 million acres of forest
lands in the United States and Canada.
NatureServe is also reaching out to a wide array of stakeholders
involved with forest certificationincluding other forest certification
regimes, environmental organizations, and major retail chains. As a leading
source of data on rare and endangered species and sensitive ecosystems, we are
committed to making our information broadly available to ensure that biodiversity
is a major consideration throughout the certification process.