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September 17, 2014
Joe Lawson wins the Dr. Sharon Haines Memorial Award for Innovation and Leadership in Sustainability

MONTREAL, Quebec — Certification plays a central role in sustainable forestry thanks to pioneers like Joe Lawson. Today, he received the Dr. Sharon Haines Memorial Award for Innovation and Leadership in Sustainability for his commitment to supporting the mission of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. (SFI) since its inception in 1995.

The award, created by SFI and sustainability leader, International Paper, celebrates Dr. Sharon Haines, who was International Paper’s Director of the Office of Sustainability before her sudden passing in 2007. The award pays tribute to Sharon’s legacy by recognizing individuals or teams who have demonstrated a forward-thinking approach to sustainability and fostering collaboration.

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September 17, 2014
Michigan SFI Implementation Committee Wins Award as the State’s Forests Keep Growing — Even in Downtown Detroit

MONTREAL, Quebec — Michigan’s forests are expanding, even in unlikely places like Detroit. The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) Michigan Implementation Committee is part of this success story and a big reason why it won the SFI Implementation Committee Annual Achievement Award in 2014.  The award was presented at SFI Inc.’s 2014 Annual Conference in Montreal.

“The Michigan committee’s work in Detroit isn’t just at the intersection of viable markets, healthy forests and sustainable communities in a conceptual way. The committee is actually working to make Detroit a more sustainable community at intersections, along streetscapes and in parks,” said Kathy Abusow, SFI Inc. President and CEO.

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September 17, 2014
SFI Awards Montana Forest Restoration Committee for Helping Grizzly Habitat and Restoring Forests

MONTREAL, Quebec — Sustainable forestry is helping improve wildlife habitat for grizzly bears and other species in Montana. The Montana Forest Restoration Committee is cooperating with a variety of groups to restore wildlife habitat in three national forests — Bitterroot, Helena and Lolo. But bears are just part of the story. The committee guides forest restoration work to address wider ecological, economic and social needs, including community vitality.

One of the Montana Forest Restoration Committee’s many projects involves realigning logging roads and returning other roads to their natural state to help accelerate the ecological recovery of National Forest lands. Enhancing forest habitat is helping restore habitat connectivity and giving grizzly bears more room. 

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September 17, 2014
Ducks Unlimited Canada Wins SFI President’s Award for Excellence for Leadership in Forest Conservation and Community Objectives

MONTREAL, Quebec — For consistently showing leadership on behalf of wetlands that support millions of ducks, geese and other wildlife, and partnering with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI), Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) has won the SFI President’s Award. DUC is demonstrating how to conserve wetlands while constructing resource roads, taking the initiative to promote the benefits of forest certification, encouraging community outreach, and providing valuable input into the SFI® Standard revision process. DUC accepted the award at SFI Inc.’s 2014 Annual Conference this week in Montreal.

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September 16, 2014
Habitat for Humanity Canada and SFI® Official Partners for Sustainable Housing, Communities and Families

Montreal, Quebec — The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. (SFI) and Habitat for Humanity Canada are going from being like-minded allies to official partners with the signing of a memorandum of mutual support at the SFI Annual conference in Montreal.

“We are excited to have SFI’s formal commitment to help Habitat for Humanity. SFI and its network of grassroots implementation committees work at the intersection of healthy forests, sustainable communities and the responsible purchasing of forest products,” said Mark Rodgers, the Chief Operating Officer of Habitat for Humanity Canada. “Signing today’s agreement will take things to the next level. It sends a strong signal to our mutual network of supporters that we want to deepen and strengthen this important relationship.”

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September 15, 2014
SFI® Recognized by Green Building Standard BREEAM

Washington, DC — The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) has been recognized by BREEAM for its ability to allow the construction industry to responsibly source forest products. The announcement was made by BREEAM on September 12th.

BREEAM – the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method – is the world's foremost environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings. Worldwide, there are more than a quarter of a million buildings with certified BREEAM assessment ratings and over a million registered for assessment.

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September 4, 2014
Building Sustainable Communities with Sustainable Wood in Greenwood South Carolina

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A single mom and her three kids are part of a grassroots movement to turn downtown Greenwood, South Carolina into a more sustainable community with help from Habitat for Humanity and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. (SFI). Six months after today’s groundbreaking ceremony, the new family will be moving into a brand new home on a site occupied for 11 years by an abandoned building. 

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July 17, 2014
SFI® Partners with Heiltsuk Nation and Interfor to Protect Heritage Features on BC Coast

Vancouver, BC – The Heiltsuk Nation and Interfor are working together, with support from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. (SFI) on a project that will improve the understanding and management of culturally modified trees (CMTs), an important pre- and post contact heritage feature on British Columbia’s Pacific Coast.

The project, funded with a conservation grant from SFI, will record, track, manage and interpret, culturally modified trees through spatial analysis in geographic information systems (GIS). Culturally modified trees have been altered by First Nations people as part of their traditional reliance on forest resources. They may have a wide variety of features including scars where planks or bark have been removed. Trees altered before 1846 are protected under BC Heritage Conservation Act. 

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June 17, 2014
SFI® Supports Ecosystem Restoration through Partnership with The Longleaf Alliance

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Longleaf Alliance, a non-profit organization focused on ensuring a sustainable future for the longleaf pine ecosystem, is the proud recipient of a Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. (SFI®) 2014 conservation grant. This SFI funding will help expand the longleaf pine ecosystem by helping landowners maintain and expand markets for this valuable species.

“The USDA has been working with local partners to restore the longleaf ecosystem for a long time. We recognize that markets are an essential factor in motivating landowners to plant longleaf, so we’re pleased to see SFI working with The Longleaf Alliance to provide this important information to companies that use forest products,” said Robert Bonnie, Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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June 5, 2014
SFI to Bring Together Global Forestry and Brand Leaders to Push Forward Health of Future Forests

Ottawa, ON – In celebration of Canadian Environment Week, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. (SFI®), today announced it will bring together stakeholders across a broad spectrum – from landowners to brand owners – to discuss and determine actions related to our most important issue globally – our forests. The SFI Annual Conference will be held September 16-18, 2014 in Montreal, Canada and will address green building, advancements in forestry research and other emerging forest issues that help shape North America’s future forests.

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