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Washington DNR And Partners Receive Conservation Award For A Forest Management Project To Avoid Catastrophic Fire

It may seem counterintuitive, but some forests in the Pacific Northwest have too many trees for their own good. These dense forests are more prone to disease, insect infestations and, most troubling of all, huge fires that are exacerbated by climate change. This year is poised to be another record-setting year for fires. Last year was the fourth-worst wildfire year since 1960 and six of the 10 largest U.S. wildfires were in the Pacific Northwest.

September 28th, 2016|

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative Continues To Engage The International Forest Community Through PEFC Endorsement

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Inc. announced today that the SFI 2015- 2019 Forest Management Standard has again met the rigorous third-party assessment of the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). This is SFI’s fourth PEFC assessment. The SFI Program was first endorsed in 2005. PEFC is an umbrella organization that endorses national forest certification systems developed collaboratively by diverse stakeholders, tailored to local priorities and conditions.

September 7th, 2016|

Middle Schoolers Flock Together To Build A Better Future For Birds

A chance to learn scientific and technical skills while helping conserve birds was all the motivation middle-school students needed to participate in a Cornell University afterschool program this summer. The students are now flocking back to school full of new ideas to help birds and the habitats they depend on. Through a series of free workshops and a curriculum focused on youth, family and community, the summer program included lessons in biology, ecology, habitat, mapping and data exploration.

September 6th, 2016|

SFI Launches Conservation Impact Project To Deliver Metrics For Well-Managed Forests

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) will announce today the launch of its largescale effort to quantify the conservation benefits associated with well-managed forests stretching across North America from British Columbia to Florida. Forests certified to the SFI Forest Management Standard cover more than 280 million acres/113 million hectares. Millions more acres/hectares benefit from the SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard.

September 2nd, 2016|

SFI Opens RFP Inviting New Partnerships For Conservation And Community Impact Throughout North America

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) is pleased to announce its annual request for proposals (RFP) for the SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program. Grants from SFI contribute to understanding the critical linkage between forests and communities across the range of American and Canadian forests, and represent SFI’s long-standing commitment to forest research. These projects provide the science-based data needed by resource professionals to improve forest management and to assess conservation values. SFI community grants build engagement at the intersection of sustainable forestry, responsible procurement and thriving communities.

August 8th, 2016|

SFI and Habitat for Humanity Help Young Indigenous Family in Winnipeg Become Homeowners

SFI’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity Canada and its Indigenous Housing Program is tackling housing challenges facing Indigenous people across Canada one home at a time. Kyle and Sasha, parents of eight-year old daughter Hailey, are set to become owners of a brand new bungalow in Winnipeg’s Point Douglas neighbourhood. Kyle is from Norway House Cree Nation and Sasha is from Sagkeeng First Nation. SFI will participate in the build in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity Manitoba.

July 11th, 2016|

Government Leaders Recognize the Value of SFI Program for Sustainable Forest Management and Responsible Procurement

Elected leaders and federal administrators issued statements Monday – in one case a decision by a federal agency, in another a letter from a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators to a federal agency – that both point to the important role of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Program in advancing sustainable forestry and providing pathways for responsible procurement.

June 28th, 2016|

SFI Progress Report Shows 500 Partner Organizations Coming Together for Future Forests

Released today, the 2016 SFI Progress Report – Linking Future Forests to Communities – tells the story of how responsible forestry is helping improve our shared quality of life. The 400 different conservation and research projects reported by SFI Program Participants in 2015, up from 291 projects in 2014, is just one of the powerful stories outlined in this year’s report. These projects, involving more than 500 partner organizations, benefit communities, habitats and multiple species, ranging from woodpeckers and salmon to bears and caribou.

June 28th, 2016|

EPA: No Further Regulation of Forest Roads Necessary

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today issued its decision that no additional regulations are needed to address stormwater discharges from forest roads under the Clean Water Act (CWA). This determination recognizes the success and continual improvement of state best management practices programs, which are proven to be effective in protecting water quality.

June 27th, 2016|

Updated Forestry Guide Promotes Responsible Forest Management of 134,000 Private Woodlots in Quebec

The “Fédération des producteurs forestiers du Québec” (Quebec Federation of woodlot owners or FPFQ) has released the fourth edition of the “Sound Forestry Practices for Private Woodlots Field Guide,” which is used by small woodlot owners and forest contractors to promote responsible forest management. The updated guide was supported by an SFI Community Partnerships Grant.

June 16th, 2016|

IUCN Approves SFI for Membership, Advancing Sustainable Forestry and Conservation Science

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) has been granted membership in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), an organization devoted to helping the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environmental and development challenges. IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization, with almost 1,300 government and NGO members and more than 15,000 volunteer experts in 185 countries.

April 14th, 2016|

USGBC Announces New Pathway To Encourage Environmentally Responsible Forest Management In LEED

The range of legal and responsible forest products available for a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) credit has grown in a positive direction. This is welcome news for architects, builders and consumers seeking legal, responsibly sourced and certified forest products from well-managed forests. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has issued a LEED alternative compliance path (ACP) that recognizes wood and paper from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) Program as part of an integrated approach to encouraging environmentally responsible forest management and eliminating illegal wood from the building material’s supply chain. The ACP will apply to all LEED v4 rating systems including Homes v4 and to all LEED 2009 rating systems.

April 6th, 2016|

Community Cornerstone Quilakwa Center Wins SFI Award

Using wood in innovative and beautiful ways to bring new life to a BC community hub has earned KH Designs an award from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). The award is part of the 2015/16 Wood Design Awards program. It was presented last night at the annual Wood WORKS! British Columbia awards event. The Quilakwa Center, in Enderby in the southern interior of BC, is home to the Splatsin boardroom and development corporation offices, a First Nation’s arts shop, gas bar, convenience store, and a Tim Hortons restaurant and drive-thru. The winning partnership includes KH Designs, Splatsin, Omega & Associates Engineering and Sperlich Log Construction.

March 1st, 2016|

SFI Receives Land Stewardship Award From National Wild Turkey Federation

The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) presented the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) with its Land Stewardship Award during the 40th annual NWTF National Convention and Sport Show in Nashville, Tennessee on Saturday. SFI was chosen for its commitment to conservation, promoting responsible forest management for the benefit of the nation’s forests and wildlife, and for partnering to support the NWTF’s important work.

February 17th, 2016|

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