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SFI’s New Publication Marks a Decade of Conservation Impact Success

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) is pleased to announce its new publication: SFI’s Conservation Impact: A Decade of Success. This succinct document provides an executive-level summary of the results of SFI’s Conservation Impact work over the past 10 years and how the science behind well managed forests and sustainable supply chains supports conservation goals.

June 9th, 2022|

SFI Partnering For Conservation And Community Impact Throughout North America

Grants were announced today for 19 projects to help further understanding of the conservation benefits of managed forests, and to strengthen the connection between communities and forests. The grants were made as part of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc.’s Conservation and Community Partnership Grants Program. These grants represent collaborations between SFI Inc., SFI Program Participants, and partner organizations throughout North America.

February 11th, 2016|

PEFC Week Brings International Partners Together to Address Sustainable Forestry

Promoting sustainable forest management and having it recognized and rewarded in the supply chain from the local to the global level is a key priority shared by the many delegates who attended the 2015 PEFC Forest Certification Week last week in Montreux, Switzerland. Ben Gunneberg, PEFC International’s CEO and Secretary General, opened the 20th PEFC General Assembly with an empowering video and noted, “As a grassroots organization PEFC has an extremely important role to play in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as we can deliver 14 of the 17 UN goals on the ground through our work with forest certification and forest-dependent communities.”

December 14th, 2015|

Global Forestry Leaders Express Mutual Support for Advancing Sustainable Forestry

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI), American Forest Foundation (AFF) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) made announcements this week expressing mutual support for new approaches to forest management planning and certification, which will help streamline forest certification, and ensure access to the global marketplace. Among these efforts, the American Tree Farm System (ATFS) announced a joint effort by AFF, the Florida Forest Service and the University of Florida for a pilot landscape management plan to encourage sustainable forestry and bring more wood grown on family-owned forests into the sustainable global supply chain.

October 15th, 2015|

Pennsylvania SFI Implementation Committee Takes Logger Training for Youth and Harvesting Professionals to New Heights

Gone are the days when children followed their fathers to work in the woods. These informal apprenticeships are a thing of the past because of today’s safety considerations. So the Pennsylvania Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Implementation Committee decided if they can’t bring youth to the forest, they would bring the forest to youth. “What are the risks to the supply chain, to our economy, to forests in general, if we don’t secure a future generation to care for our forests and to harvest them responsibly?” said Kathy Abusow, SFI Inc. President and CEO. “The Pennsylvania Committee members are thought leaders when it comes to youth training.”

October 7th, 2015|

Plum Creek’s Rick Holley Wins SFI President’s Award for Leadership

Rick Holley, Chief Executive Officer of Plum Creek Timber Company, has won the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) President’s Award, for consistently showing leadership on behalf of working forests that support habitat and rural communities. Holley is known for his leadership on market transformation, sustainable communities and responsible forestry. The President’s Award specifically recognizes how Holley is helping to move the conversation about working forests in ways that will ultimately benefit people around the world.

October 7th, 2015|

Sierra Pacific and Partners Come Together to Save the Fisher

A crew of dedicated scientists in northern California is working hard to restore declining populations of fishers. Staff from Sierra Pacific Industries, and partners from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and researchers from North Carolina State University are tracking these medium-sized members of the weasel family with radio collars.  One of the key goals of the partnership is the reintroduction of fishers to areas where the species had previously been lost. Forty fishers were released over a three-year period and researchers have been following their progress. Some fishers born on the project area have matured to the point where they are now reproducing. 

October 7th, 2015|

Florida Forest Service Receives Prestigious Third-Party Forest Certification

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced today that the Florida Forest Service, a division of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, certified Blackwater River and Tate’s Hell State Forests, covering 413,000 acres, through one of the world’s most recognized, independent, third-party forest management certification standards, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI).  “We are proud of our efforts to ensure that the land and resources entrusted to the Florida Forest Service are managed responsibly and conscientiously.

September 29th, 2015|

SFI Sets a Guinness World Records Title One Tree at a Time: Officially Amazing

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI) and its partners across North America set a new Guinness World Records title, planting 202,935 trees in one hour. SFI partnered with 29 teams of 25-100 people each to plant trees in locations from New York City to Vancouver Island, British Columbia. “As SFI celebrates its 20th anniversary, I can’t think of a more exciting way to recognize and reinforce our commitment to healthy forests and sustainable communities, and to reaffirm that the actions we take today can have a significant and material impact on the future of our forests,” said Kathy Abusow, president and CEO of SFI.

September 22nd, 2015|

Muckleshoot Tribe Chooses SFI Certification to Enhance Long-Term Sustainable Timber Harvest and Support Cultural Values

The Muckleshoot Tribe’s ancestors inhabited Central Puget Sound for thousands of years. Today, this coastal Salish Tribe is a major contributor to the local economy and community, providing resources to governments, schools, nonprofits, and churches throughout Washington State. The Tribe’s decision to certify its Tomanamus Forest to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Forest Management Standard is the latest example of its commitment to sustainability and responsible forestry practices.

September 14th, 2015|

NWTF and SFI Sign Agreement for Forest Health

The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI) announced today an exciting new partnership for future forests. The two organizations have established a memorandum of mutual support that promotes forest management for the benefit of the nation’s forests and wildlife. “Every year, millions of people enjoy recreational opportunities in forests managed to meet SFI standards,” said NWTF Chief Conservation Officer Becky Humphries. “If we hope to achieve the conservation goals of the NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative, partnerships like this one with SFI are critical.”

September 10th, 2015|

SFI Brings Teams from Across North America to Break a World Record

People of all ages and backgrounds from across the U.S. and Canada came together Wednesday to break the Guinness World Record for the most trees planted in one hour by small teams. Organized by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI), more than 200,000 trees were planted simultaneously in 28 different communities. “It was such a pleasure to personally participate in this event, which brought communities together to break a world record for a wonderful cause.

May 21st, 2015|

Sustainable Forestry Initiative and Habitat for Humanity Partner to Provide New Home for Local Greenwood Family

A local grassroots project launched last year marked an important milestone yesterday with the dedication of a new home for a family of four in Greenwood, South Carolina. The house was built by the Greenwood Area Habitat for Humanity on the site of an abandoned building. The project was supported by a Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI) Conservation and Community Partnerships grant, which provides funding to revitalize local communities using wood products certified to the SFI Standard to provide safe, affordable housing with sustainable forest resources.

May 18th, 2015|

SFI Brings the Forest Sector Together

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and Habitat for Humanity Canada are helping to put a roof over the heads of Canadian families in need by strengthening their memorandum of mutual support known as Wood 4 Good, through two separate programs: Waste Not Want Not and Habitat Canada’s Aboriginal Housing Program. Wood 4 Good encourages local home building through SFI’s grassroots network, increases awareness of sourcing wood products certified to the SFI standards, and helps make supply chains more efficient.

May 15th, 2015|

Fighting Invasive Plants to Conserve Biological Diversity in BC’s Interior Forests

Preventing the spread of invasive plants is motivating a dedicated group of biologists, foresters, agrologists, conservationists and members of the public to head into forested lands outside of Okanagan Falls today. They are learning more about the best ways to fight the serious threat from invasive plants.  The project is supported by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI) and the Nature Trust of British Columbia. SFI has a strong interest in invasive-plant management and has included a requirement to limit the introduction, spread and impact of invasive species in the SFI Forest Management Standard since 2005.

April 29th, 2015|

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative Welcomes Four New Board Members Representing Environmental, Social and Economic Interests

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI) is pleased to announce that four leaders have been elected to the independent Board of Directors. Joining the board are Mary Klein, President and CEO, NatureServe; Guy Gleysteen, Senior VP, Time Inc.; Bettina Ring, State Forester, Virginia; and Steve Bullard, Dean, Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, Stephen F. Austin State University.

April 20th, 2015|

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