LandVest-Managed Forests Obtain SFI® Program Certification in Northern California

Olympia, WA – LandVest Timberlands obtains conformance with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) standard for balanced stewardship of timberlands in northern California. LandVest coordinates the certification of its managed timberlands throughout the United States.

LandVest became the comprehensive field-services provider and lands manager in California for 187,000-acres in 2018. The lands consist of a high-quality expanse of sustainably managed interior and coastal California timberlands. In 2020, Director of Informatics, Weikko Jaross, expanded LandVest’s Client Services to include “green” certification with the addition of Lislie Sayers of LSAY LLC and LandVest’s Jack Santamour, both seasoned veterans in the certification domain. Their leadership runs deep with preparing forest management teams for success.

LandVest enrolled their western management practices in the Sustainable Forestry Initiative program in the spring of 2020. LandVest’s policies, plans, strategies and in-field practices on LandVest-managed lands were deemed in conformance with the SFI standard. In October, LandVest was recommended certification in northern California. LandVest is recognized for their exemplary management practices related to the following areas of stewardship:

  • Climate research and protections from fire
  • Forest inventory
  • Local community engagement
  • Protection of fish and other habitats
  • Road management

“LandVest has built a company culture focused on adding value and certainty through standardization of methods, consistency of product, and flexibility in implementation. We are pleased with the recognition of our sustainable practices. With the dedication of highly-regarded industry talent, Weikko with Lislie and Jack allowed LandVest to better support our clients’ certification and planning needs.” said Sam Porter, Managing Director of Western Timberlands.

Over 365 million acres of forestland are third-party certified under the SFI standard, making it the dominant certification standard in the United States and North America. For more information about the Sustainable Forestry Initiative program, visit their website at

LandVest is the national leader in Timberland marketing since our inception in 1968. LandVest services every major timberland investment region of the U.S. through regional offices and specialized transaction groups. Our experience in managing over two million acres of timberland brings key operational knowledge to the transaction process with technical land planning and valuation solutions.

For additional information, contact Weikko Jaross (


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