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April 3, 2015
White House Easter Egg Gift Box Certified to the SFI® Standard

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) is proud that the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, has selected to package the official 2015 White House Easter Egg in a gift box made from paperboard certified to the SFI® Standard.     

The White House Easter Egg Roll takes place in President’s Park on the South Lawn of the White House. This year’s theme, “#GimmeFive,” encourages Americans across the country to share five things they are doing to eat better, be more active, and lead a healthier life, and supports the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative to help kids grow up healthy and  have the opportunity to reach their full potential.  

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March 10, 2015
Canada Warbler’s Steep Decline Prompts Recovery Planning from Scientists, Conservationists and Resource Managers

OTTAWA ON — Thirty scientists, conservationists and resource managers are coming together today in Ottawa to apply the best, most-recent science and problem-solving to halt the decline of the threatened Canada Warbler. Nature Canada is convening the workshop with the support of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), Environment Canada, BirdLife InternationalSwarovski Optik and Weyerhaeuser.

Compared with the mid-1960s, today there is only one Canada Warbler where there were once three. This two-thirds population decline didn’t happen suddenly. On average, the population dropped by about 2.3% per year across North America between 1966 and 2013, according to the North American Breeding Bird Survey. This long-term decline won’t respond to short-term fixes. 

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March 2, 2015
BC Architects Win SFI Wood Design Award for Putting Sustainability and Community First in the Askew’s Foods Uptown Store Design

VANCOUVER, BC — Thinking outside the traditional big-box store approach has earned Allen + Maurer Architects the 2015 Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) Wood Design Award. The award is part of the 11th annual Wood WORKS! BC Wood Design Awards. The architectural firm is being recognized for its prominent use of wood in the new Askew’s Foods Uptown Store in Salmon Arm, BC.

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January 22, 2015
SFI Appoints Elizabeth Woodworth as Vice President of Communications and Community Engagement

WASHINGTON, D.C. and Ottawa, ON — The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. (SFI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Elizabeth Woodworth as Vice President of Communications and Community Engagement. Woodworth joins SFI with deep experience in the forest sector and a proven track record of consumer and community engagement. 

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January 7, 2015
SFI Works to Ensure the Health and Future of Our Forests with the Launch of the New SFI 2015-2019 Standards and Rules

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The decisions we make every day directly affect the health and future of our forests. The launch of the new Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) 2015-2019 Standards and Rules marks an important advancement to support better decision making all along the supply chain and to promote sustainable forest management. When a Fortune 500 company sources forest products, a landowner makes a forest management plan or a consumer buys copy paper, they can all make the right choice for our forests by choosing SFI.

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December 16, 2014
SFI Board Welcomes Conservation and Economic Representatives

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. (SFI) has strengthened its capacity to conserve North America’s forests with the election of three new members to its Board of Directors: Robert Abernethy, Craig Armstrong, and Gail Wallin.

“Their respective experience in the environmental and private sectors will be an important asset. We are so pleased to welcome Robert, Craig, and Gail to the SFI Board. Given their tremendous expertise, they will help SFI further enhance the vital link between healthy forests, responsible purchasing, and sustainable communities,” said Kathy Abusow, President and CEO of SFI Inc. 

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December 4, 2014
SFI Grant Encourages Private Landowners to Maintain Forest Corridors in North Carolina’s Cape Fear Arch

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Connecting a network of private forests could help bears, wild turkeys and other species travel uninterrupted across parts of the Cape Fear Arch in southeastern North Carolina. A Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. (SFI) Conservation and Community Partnership Grant is supporting landowner outreach by The Nature Conservancy’s North Carolina Chapter to make this vision a reality.

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December 2, 2014
SFI Community Comes Together to Celebrate the People’s Tree at the U.S. Capitol

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Capitol Christmas Tree, also known as the People’s Tree, is being lit today thanks to people like Jim Scheff. He harvested the towering 88-foot-tall white spruce from the Chippewa National Forest in northeastern Minnesota. Scheff won the Logger of the Year Award from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. (SFI) Minnesota Implementation Committee.

The People’s Tree is chosen every year by the U.S. Forest Service. It is a powerful symbol of the relationship between the American people and the land. The tree stopped in 30 communities en route to the Capitol in time for the start of the Christmas season. 

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November 24, 2014
SFI Honoured to be Part of Toronto Event Celebrating Women as Leaders in Conservation

TORONTO, ON — On November 24, Miller Thomson will be hosting a reception in its Toronto law office to honour and recognize the founding members of Nature Canada’s Women for Nature initiative, including Kathy Abusow, President and CEO of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. (SFI).

“This is an opportunity to celebrate a diverse group of women who have chosen to join Nature Canada in championing nature,” said Eleanor Fast, Executive Director of Nature Canada. “These women are incredibly influential and they are at the heart of our efforts to engage and empower Canadians to save species, protect habitats and connect children to nature.”

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October 22, 2014
Montreal Lake Cree Nation Certified to SFI Standard to Enhance Forestry Operations and Community Sustainability

Ottawa, ON — A forested area in central Saskatchewan — more than half the size of Prince Edward Island — is now certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) 2010–2014 Standard. The Montreal Lake Cree Nation adopted the SFI Standard because of its ability to promote sustainable forest management by protecting water quality, biodiversity, wildlife habitat and species at risk. Enhancing the economic sustainability of the community was another key factor in the decision to choose SFI.

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