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Stora Enso CEO, Annica Bresky, and IUCN-US CEO and IUCN North America Director, Tracy Farrell, Elected to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Board of Directors

Michael Doss, President and CEO of Graphic Packaging International and Chair of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Board of Directors, is pleased to welcome two new members to the SFI Board of Directors, Ms. Annica Bresky, President and CEO, Stora Enso, and Dr. Tracy Farrell, Director of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) North America Office, and CEO of IUCN-US.

October 18th, 2022|

SFI Announces Forest-Focused Conservation Grants to Address Climate Change, Species Loss, and Water Quality

SFI announced seven conservation grants today that will build on SFI’s commitment to conservation research and increase knowledge about the conservation benefits associated with forests influenced by the SFI 2022 Forest Management Standard and the SFI 2022 Fiber Sourcing Standard. The grants reflect the priorities of SFI’s innovative Conservation Impact Project, which advances understanding of climate change, biodiversity, and water in sustainably managed forests. The grants also highlight the key role that SFI certified organizations and other members of the SFI network play in collaborating on conservation projects.

March 21st, 2022|

SFI 2022 Standards Officially Launched

SFI certification is a powerful tool to provide customers and producers of forest products with the tools and guidance they need to make responsible supply chain decisions and achieve responsible forest management goals.

January 24th, 2022|

SFI Names Bettina Ring New Chief Sustainability and Diversity Officer

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) announced Bettina Ring as its new Chief Sustainability and Diversity Officer today. Ring will provide leadership internally and externally on strategic initiatives related to sustainability and diversity. She will also seek to leverage SFI’s scale to drive meaningful change in the forest and conservation sector through collaboration with SFI’s network.

January 11th, 2022|

NICE-PAK, American Forests, and Project Learning Tree Join Forces in Reforestation and Youth Education Efforts

Nice-Pak , the pioneer and leading producer of wet wipes for consumer markets, announced today it is joining forces with two leading non-profit organizations to further its commitment to environmental sustainability, education and improved health impacts. The unique collaboration brings Nice-Pak together with American Forests and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative's flagship education program, Project Learning Tree . Together these experts in conservation, sustainable forestry and environmental education will help drive awareness that trees and forests are the best nature-based solution to climate change and for the vital role they play in improving health and protecting the planet for future generations.

December 14th, 2021|

SFI and NCASI Partner to Address the Climate Challenge With Carbon and Water Tools

SFI and the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, Inc. (NCASI) announced the launch of the SFI-NCASI Carbon and Water Tools today. These science-based tools will help increase understanding of how SFI-certified forests can be used as nature-based solutions to help mitigate climate change and ensure water conservation. These new measurement tools help quantify the contributions of the 370 million acres/150 million hectares of forestland certified to the SFI Forest Management Standard in addressing climate change and meeting the water needs of both society and ecological systems.

December 1st, 2021|

SFI Forest Certification Standards Advance Key Global Sustainability and Conservation Priorities

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), participating in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress today, shared the news of its new forest certification standard revisions, which advance solutions to some of the world’s most pressing sustainability challenges. The new standards build on SFI’s announcement at the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016 of the formation of the Conservation Impact Project, which is focused on addressing climate change, biodiversity, and water quality on the SFI footprint.

September 2nd, 2021|

SFI Community Grants Support Collaboration on Education, Climate, Indigenous Relations, Urban Forestry, and Biodiversity

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) announced 13 SFI Community Grants today featuring collaboration between 63 partner organizations. SFI Community Grants make a meaningful impact in the communities that live and work near forests. This year’s grants support SFI’s mission of advancing sustainability through forest-focused collaboration by addressing relevant challenges facing our communities.

June 3rd, 2021|

Chief Christiansen Recognized With The SFI President’s Award For Leadership

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI) announced today that USDA Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen is the winner of the 2021 SFI President’s Award. The award is given to an individual or an organization that leads the forest community on important issues related to sustainability, education, and collaboration.  

May 13th, 2021|

Minnesota SFI Implementation Committee Wins Award For Engaging Youth On Indigenous Cultural Awareness And Conservation

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI) is pleased to announce the Minnesota SFI Implementation Committee as the 2021 winner of the SFI Implementation Committee Achievement Award. This award recognizes the exceptional work done by the grassroots network of 34 SFI Implementation Committees across the U.S. and Canada. These committees respond to local needs and priorities related to implementation of SFI standards, conservation, community, and education work.

May 12th, 2021|

SFI Board Welcomes New Chair And Three Forest And Conservation Leaders To Help Address Global Sustainability Challenges

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI) is pleased to announce Karla Guyn, CEO of Ducks Unlimited Canada, as the new Chair of the SFI Board of Directors, and the election of three new board members. The SFI Board of Directors provides leadership that helps SFI fulfill its mission to advance sustainability through forest-focused collaboration. Guyn will serve a one-year term. The three new board members, Catherine Grenier, President and CEO, Nature Conservancy of Canada, Ellen Shultzabarger, State Forester and Director, Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry, and Don Kayne, CEO, Canfor Corporation and Canfor Pulp, will serve three-year terms.

April 23rd, 2021|

Government of Canada’s Youth Employment and Skills Strategy employs youth in the conservation of nature and forests

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadians have rediscovered the many benefits connecting with nature has for our health and well-being. The Government of Canada is continuing to deliver on its commitment to protect more nature across the country to fight climate change, protect our iconic biodiversity and ensure Canadians can spend time outdoors in their communities.

April 16th, 2021|

Project Learning Tree Releases New Explore Your Environment: K-8 Activity Guide For Elementary And Middle School Educators

Project Learning Tree® (PLT) released a new curriculum guide today to engage kindergarten through grade 8 students in exploring their environment. Project Learning Tree is a long-established, award-winning environmental education program that uses trees and forests as windows on the world to advance environmental literacy, stewardship, and pathways to green careers. The guide includes fifty field-tested, hands-on activities that integrate investigations of nature with science, math, English language arts, and social studies. It incorporates outdoor education and connects youth to nature which has many proven benefits.

April 6th, 2021|

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The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) advances sustainability through forest-focused collaborations. We are an independent, nonprofit organization that leverages four interconnected pillars of work: standards, conservation, community, and education. SFI works with the forest sector, conservation groups, academics, researchers, brand owners, resource professionals, landowners, educators, local communities, Indigenous Peoples, and governments. Collaborating with our network, we leverage SFI-certified forests and products as powerful tools to help solve sustainability challenges such as climate action, conservation of biodiversity, education of future generations, and sustainable economic development.

David Folkerson
Vice-President, Communications
Sustainable Forestry Initiative
613-565-0627
media@forests.org

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