Sustainable Forest Incentives Act (SFIA)

Landowner showing oak regeneration

The Sustainable Forest Incentive Act (SFIA) provides annual incentive payments to encourage sustainable forest management and keep forests as forests on the landscape. 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 while they are in the program. All enrolled land must remain in SFIA for at least 8, 20, or 50 years depending on the recorded covenant length.

Due to recent changes in legislation, 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. 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

Contact Us

Email SFIA questions to [email protected] or call us at 651-259-5631.