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Managed Forests are Key to Gopher Tortoise Conservation

Most news articles involving the Endangered Species Act (ESA) describe proposals to list species as threatened or endangered, or the decline of those already listed. In October, a decision by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (F&WS) offered some positive news: The population of the gopher tortoise in the southeastern United States is robust in most of its range and is no longer a candidate for listing as threatened under the ESA.

March 7th, 2023|

COP15 30×30 Commitment: An Important Step Toward Conservation and Sustainability

A commitment to 30x30, an initiative calling on the world’s governments to designate 30 percent of Earth’s land and ocean as protected areas by 2030, was among four goals and 23 targets for achievement of the 15th Conference of Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (COP15). Nearly 200 nations attended the event, held in Montreal, Canada.

January 18th, 2023|

2022 Scorecards Illustrate SFI’s Commitment to Sustainability

As we look forward to the holidays and the New Year, it is my pleasure to share with you some of SFI’s many successes over the past 12 months as we continued to advance sustainability and nature-positive outcomes in collaboration with our impressive network.

December 14th, 2022|

SFI Certified Forests Play Key Role in Gopher Tortoise Conservation

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently determined that populations of the gopher tortoise in the southeastern United States are stable or expanding in most of its range and is no longer a candidate for listing as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Both private and public forestlands certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) are playing a key role in the recovery of the tortoise.

October 21st, 2022|

Truth and Reconciliation Week 2022

September 26–30, 2022 is Truth and Reconciliation Week, and September 30 is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. It is also Orange Shirt Day, an initiative started by residential school survivor Phyllis Webstad, Northern Secwepemc (Shuswap) from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation, to raise awareness of residential schools and spread the message that every child matters.

September 28th, 2022|

Forester’s Blog: Fall Forest Colors

Autumn, my favorite season, is almost here. Tomorrow, Thursday, September 22, 2022, marks the autumnal equinox—the start of fall in the Northern Hemisphere.

September 20th, 2022|

SFI, NFWF, and Partners Recognized for Songbird Conservation in West Virginia

A recent grant to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is bearing fruit in West Virginia. Or rather, birds. With the aid of the grant, SFI is working with federal, state, private, university, and non-governmental organizations with a shared goal of researching best practices that benefit bird species, especially three at-risk bird species: the golden-winged warbler, the cerulean warbler, and the wood thrush.

September 20th, 2022|

SFI Standards Are Solutions for a Changing Climate

The theme of this year’s National Forest Week (September 18–24, 2022), “Canada’s Forests: Solutions for a Changing Climate,” offers a timely reminder of the importance of trees and forests to the nation and the world. At the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), we and our network of partners know forests play a critical role in addressing climate change and storing carbon.

September 15th, 2022|

Forester’s Blog: The Importance of Young Forest Habitat

Mention old-growth forests and most people think of giant sequoias in California, centuries-old Douglas firs and western red cedars in British Columbia, red pines in Ontario, or massive live oaks in the Southern US.

August 24th, 2022|

SFI Conference Green Mentor Program Sets the Right Example

The annual conference’s theme was Collaborating for Communities and Forests, so it’s fitting that the conference also played host to its first SFI Conference Green Mentor cohort. Nineteen young adults were selected from across North America to participate in this four-month mentorship opportunity.

August 17th, 2022|

Forester’s Blog: Cellulose Nanomaterials

Rayon was invented in the mid-1800s and was manufactured as a fabric in the US starting in 1911. It was called “artificial silk” until 1924, when the name rayon was adopted.

August 16th, 2022|


Randy Moore, Chief of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service, discusses partnering with SFI on climate change, wildfire risk, and sustaining healthy, resilient landscapes for generations to come.

August 9th, 2022|


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