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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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April 15, 2014
Restoration Commences on Area Devastated by Douglas Complex Fires

Roseburg, OR – Today, the Communities for Healthy Forests, Inc. (CHF), with support from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative®, Inc. (SFI®), held a ceremony celebrating the restoration of the Douglas Complex fire devastation area.

The Douglas Complex wildfires gripped the State of Oregon in August of 2013, threatening homes, and forcing evacuations and road closures. Approximately 3,000 firefighters were called-in to battle the fires, including the National Guard, but were hampered by the extremely rugged terrain.  While firefighters successfully defended homes, lingering smoke following the wildfire posed a health risk, and precipitated the distribution of 20,000 respiration masks by the Red Cross to the residents of southern Oregon. By August 6th, 2013, the Douglas Complex fire and neighboring fires had burned 144,688 acres in Oregon.

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March 31, 2014
Timberland Investment Resources Certify Over 600,000 Acres to SFI Standard

- SFI Forest Partners® Program Gaining Significant Traction Towards its 2014 Certification Goal - 

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, over 600,000 acres of timberland managed by Timberland Investment Resources, LLC (TIR) have been certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) standard.  TIR’s investment footprint spans 14 states, with a significant presence in the southeastern U.S.  Their certification builds on the SFI Forest Partners® Program’s previous successes in South Carolina and Florida, as well as the ongoing work with a wide range of medium-sized private and public landowners, and manufacturing facilities.  These certified lands, in addition to the over 500,000 acres recently announced by the St. Joe Company, put the SFI Forest Partners Program well on the road to achieving its 2014 milestone of certifying 5 million acres of forestland to the SFI standard.

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March 4, 2014
BC Architectural Firm Receives First Ever SFI Award for Kordyban Lodge Cancer Care Facility

Vancouver, BC – Vancouver’s NSDA Architects is the winner of the first Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) Award, handed out Monday, March 3rd as part of the 10th annual Wood WORKS! BC Wood Design Awards. The architectural firm is being recognized for its innovative use of wood certified to the SFI Standard in the new Kordyban Lodge, a Canadian Cancer Society care facility located in Prince George, BC.

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