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

Fall foliage in the Parc du bassin Bonsecours and dome of the Marché Bonsecours, Montréal, Quebec. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. Autumn, my favorite season, is almost here. Tomorrow, Thursday, September 22, 2022, marks the autumnal equinox—the start of fall in the Northern Hemisphere. Aside from the cooler fall weather, I and many other people love to see the fall colors [...]

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

Young forest habitat at New York’s Mongaup Valley Wildlife Management Area. Photo by: Gregory Cerne, via the Ruffed Grouse Society. Mention old-growth forests and most people think of giant sequoias in California, centuries-old Douglas firs and western redcedars in British Columbia, red pines in Ontario, or massive live oaks in the Southern US. These charismatic megaflora certainly [...]

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. Today, rayon is often used to make clothing, such as this dress.

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|

Forester’s Blog: So, How much forest is there in the U.S. and Canada?

A recent Twitter post by EcoWatch stated that “A new study has found an alarming loss in forest areas.” That led me to an EcoWatch article, “Global Forest Area Declined by 60% Since 1960, Study Finds.” The study is in Environmental Research Letters. Sixty percent—that’s certainly a startling statistic. The study’s authors show that most the forest loss has occurred [...]

August 9th, 2022|

A Call for Third-Party Certification Engagement on Wildfire Mitigation Strategies in the Western US

There is no question that wildfires in the western US are larger and more intense than in recorded history. As of August 1 this year, 60,000 wildfires have burned more than 7.1 million acres in the US, according to the National Interagency Fire Center—the vast majority in the West. These figures far exceed the 10-year, to-date average of 33,906 fires and 3.55 million acres. And there is no argument that this trend is likely to continue due to climate change, drought, a decline in forest health, overstocking of stands, and other factors.

August 3rd, 2022|

SFI Welcomes Jacob Handel as Senior Director, Indigenous Relations

Jacob Handel, who recently joined SFI as Senior Director, Indigenous Relations, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in engaging with Indigenous people and groups to the Indigenous Relations Team. Handel has more than 20 years of experience in the environmental field, Indigenous and stakeholder engagement, strategy development, regulatory processes, and negotiation. Prior to joining SFI, he was an Aboriginal Affairs Advisor at a leading Canadian paper and forest products manufacturing company. His past experience also includes working for governments, the energy sector, and nonprofits.

June 20th, 2022|

Join the 2022 SFI/PLT Annual Conference – Collaborating for Communities and Forests

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and Project Learning Tree (PLT) will host their first ever joint annual conference from June 14-16, in Madison, Wisconsin. With a theme of Collaborating for Communities and Forests, the event will be a week filled with learning and opportunities to discuss the most-pressing issues and challenges facing the people and the planet, including how sustainable forest management and environmental education provide effective solutions.

May 31st, 2022|


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