Sustainable Forest Incentive Act (SFIA)

Landowner showing oak regeneration

The Sustainable Forest Incentive Act (SFIA) provides annual incentive payments to encourage private landowners to keep their wooded areas undeveloped.

Private landowners can receive a payment for each acre of qualifying forest land they enroll in SFIA. In return, they agree not to develop the land and to follow a forest management plan for a set period of time:  either eight, 20, or 50 years.

Recent legislative changes mean SFIA is now jointly administered by the Department of Revenue (Dept. of Revenue) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Division of Forestry. Dept. of Revenue oversees SFIA applications, payments, penalties, and covenants. The DNR handles forest land management.

Learn about:

Visit the Dept. of Revenue to start an SFIA application or for information on:

  • Applying for SFIA
  • Payments and penalties
  • Covenants
  • Selling or transferring land in SFIA