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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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February 19, 2014
St. Joe Timberlands Certify Half a Million Acres to SFI Standard

WASHINGTON, DC –The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) Inc. is pleased to announce that over half a million acres of timberland owned by The St. Joe Company have recently been certified to the SFI Standard. The majority of the timberlands are located in Northwest Florida and have become a proof point for responsible forest management certification to the SFI Standard.

St. Joe’s SFI certification is part of the SFI Forest Partners® Program.  In 2012, four market leaders – Time Inc., the National Geographic Society, Macmillan Publishers, Pearson – stepped forward and became SFI Founding Forest Partners, investing in the future of our forests by making five-year commitments to increase the source of certified forest products.  Through the financial support to assist with consulting services, workshops and coordination, the Program works to involve more landowners, manufacturers, distributors, customers, conservations groups and government agencies across the supply-chain with the goal of certifying 5 million acres of forests to the SFI standard by 2014 and 5 million more acres by 2017.  By collaborating on shared objectives and linking landowners through to brandowners, SFI and our Forest Partners are working together to strengthen forest practices and procurement through certification.

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February 9, 2014
Anne Giardini Joins Sustainable Forestry Initiative Board of Directors

OTTAWA, ON – Business executive, author and community leader Anne Giardini has been elected to the independent Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. (SFI®) Board of Directors as a member of the Economic Sector.

“Anne Giardini is not only a respected leader in the forest industry but a published author, educator and philanthropist,” SFI President and CEO Kathy Abusow said.  “Her insights and perspective will enhance our Board and aid SFI’s efforts to secure a healthy future for our forests. We look forward to welcoming her to her first Board meeting this week.”

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February 6, 2014
Sustainable Forestry Initiative® and Habitat for Humanity expand mutual support for responsibly built affordable homes

WASHINGTON, DC – In an agreement of support between the two organizations, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) Inc., and Habitat for Humanity International have signed an MOU and pledged to expand the cooperation between the two groups by encouraging the use of wood products certified to the SFI Standard on Habitat construction sites. 

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February 4, 2014
SFI Joins Nature Canada in Launch of Women for Nature Initiative on Parliament Hill

OTTAWA, ON – Nature Canada’s Women for Nature initiative brings together the leadership, knowledge, experience and passion of amazing women across Canada who are committed to nature conservation. The Women for Nature initiative will be formally launched on Parliament Hill today in Ottawa. Kathy Abusow, President and CEO of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI Inc.®), will take part in the launch along with other Women for Nature, Senators Janis Johnson and Nancy Green Raine, and Members of Parliament Stella Ambler, Linda Duncan, Joyce Murray, Kirsty Duncan and Elizabeth May.

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January 8, 2014
SFI Investment in Forest Research Strengthens Conservation

WASHINGTON, DC and OTTAWA, ON – As part of its ongoing efforts toward continuous improvement in sustainable forestry, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) opened its 2014 Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program.  SFI will invest in conservation research projects and collaborative partnerships that explain or inform the role of sustainable forest management in Carbon and Bioenergy; Forest Health; Water; Capacity Building; and Wildlife, Fish and Biodiversity.

"As a proof point for responsible forestry and future forests, 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. The SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant program fosters research and pilot efforts to better inform future decisions about our forests," said Kathy Abusow, President & CEO of SFI Inc.

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January 7, 2014
Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) Reaches Out to Thousands to Improve Forestry Standard

WASHINGTON, D.C. and OTTAWA, ON – In one of the most expansive and inclusive processes to seek input from a resource sector, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) has invited nearly 10,000 stakeholders to submit comments on the draft SFI 2015-2019 Standard in its second 60-day public comment period. This open and public comment period runs from January 6 – March 6, 2014 and provides a transparent opportunity for anybody interested in the future of our forests to provide comment.  The draft SFI 2015-2019 Standard includes new performance measures to conserve biodiversity in fiber sourcing; limit conversion of one forest type to another; and expand the definition of “controversial sources,” which are not allowed in SFI-labeled products.

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December 19, 2013
First Nations Choose SFI as Lake Nipigon Forest Gets Certified

OTTAWA, ONTARIO –Almost one million hectares of forestland at Lake Nipigon Forest have been successfully third party certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) Standard. The forestlands are managed by Lake Nipigon Forest Management Inc. (LNFMI), who is responsible for planning, reporting and implementing all forest operations. LNFMI is comprised of four First Nations-owned business trusts in Red Rock, Ontario, including the Animbiigoosagagun Economic Development Trust, the Red Rock First Nation Business Trust, the Papasay Management Corporation and the Biinjtiwaabik Zaaging Anishinaabek Development Corporation.

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