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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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May 28, 2014
Bird Lovers Unite with Biologists to Keep Migratory Bird Habitats Safe Across Canada

Port Rowan, ON – Migratory bird season is upon us once again, which means that millions of birds are currently flocking to forests all over the country. Coinciding with this major movement is the culmination of a series of dynamic projects joining bird enthusiasts and biologists to gather information that will help manage and conserve bird habitats in working forests. 

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May 20, 2014
SFI® and U.S. Endowment to Support Heritage of African American Landowners through Sustainable Forestry

Laguna Niguel, CA The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. (SFI) announced today at Fortune Brainstorm Green that the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (Endowment) is a recipient of a 2014 SFI Conservation and Community Partnership Grant to support African American forestland owners.

Loss of ownership and asset value by African American forestland owners in the U.S. South has reached a critical level and traditional approaches to engaging them on forestland preservation have fallen short.  According to Dr. Shorna R. Broussard, PhD, of Cornell University, unlike their counterparts across the country, land loss rates by African-American landowners is as much as 30% greater. She also notes that “Nationally, approximately 144,000 African-Americans own 1.9 million acres of forestland and that ownership is concentrated in the southern United States."i In order to mitigate this loss, the Endowment, USDA Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service have established pilot projects in Alabama, North Carolina and South Carolina to assist landowners in working with trusted partners within their own communities.  The SFI grant will help extend that work through emphasizing the potential of certification to open additional market opportunities.

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May 19, 2014
Shaping the Forest of the Future in Partnership with Communities and Youth across North America

Laguna Niguel, CA — The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. (SFI®) announced at the Fortune Brainstorm Green conference today that it would provide eight community-based grant projects helping people — especially youth — get outside and reconnect with nature.  The Fortune Brainstorm Green conference is the premier conference on business, sustainability, and green investing.

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May 5, 2014
SFI and Girl Guides of Canada Providing Ducklings with a Safe Start

Ottawa, ON – Spring is here and Girl Guides across the country are knee deep in water making sure that ducks have a safe place to lay their eggs. Twenty-three Girl Guides of Canada groups spent the last few weeks building 60 “duck nest boxes” from wood certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) standard. The boxes are wooden elongated bird houses, mimicking the cavities found in dead trees, and hung in trees or on posts near marshes, streams and any place where ducks are nesting. They are large enough for ducks to build their nests inside and provide ducks with protection from predators and harsh weather. And now that they are complete, it’s time for them to be installed.

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May 1, 2014
Aboriginal and Forestry Relations Benefit from SFI® Partnership with the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

Ottawa, ON – For just the second time in history, a forestry company has become a member of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB). Thanks in part to a strategic partnership formed between the Sustainable Forestry Initiative®, Inc. (SFI) and CCAB.  As Western Canada’s largest private timber and land-management company, TimberWest is proud to continue its commitment to forming valuable partnerships with Aboriginal business and communities. 

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April 21, 2014
SFI Invests in Forest Conservation Research

Washington, D.C. and Ottawa, ON – The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. (SFI®) has awarded more than $400,000 to 10 conservation projects as part of its 2014 Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program. These projects support efforts towards continuous improvement in sustainable forest management and forest conservation throughout North America. 

“The 2014 conservation grant recipients represent a wide and invaluable cross section of research supporting future forests across the United States and Canada,” said Kathy Abusow, President and CEO of SFI Inc. “The SFI program is the only forest certification standard in North America that requires participants to support and engage in research activities to improve forest health, productivity and sustainable management of forest resources. We’re looking forward to supporting each of these worthy projects.”

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April 16, 2014
White House Easter Egg Gift Box Certified to the SFI® Standard

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, has selected to package the official 2014 White House Easter Egg in a gift box made from paperboard certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) Standard.

“We are thrilled to be involved once again with this annual American tradition,” said Kathy Abusow, President and CEO of SFI. “By choosing to package these famous Easter eggs in boxes certified to the SFI standard, the National Park Foundation is setting an example to others about the importance of selecting products from responsibly managed forests.”

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