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December 11, 2011
Forest Certification Pilot Achieves Success in Maine 1.4 Million Acres/570,000 Hectares Certified to SFI Standard

WASHINGTON – An innovative pilot project involving Time Inc., Hearst Enterprises, National Geographic Society, Verso Paper Corp. and Sappi Fine Paper North America has led to 790,000 acres/320,000 hectares of additional forest lands being certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) Standard in Maine.

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December 7, 2011
Maine Executive Order Puts Forest Certification on Equal Footing

WASHINGTON, DC – Maine Governor Paul LePage signed an executive order today directing that "any new or expanded state buildings shall incorporate 'Green Building' standards that give certification credits equally to forest products grown, manufactured, and certified under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Standard, Forest Stewardship Council, American Tree Farm System, and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification systems."

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November 20, 2011
SFI Grant Supports Manual to Assist American Chestnut Restoration

ASHEVILLE, NC – The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) has released an easy-to-read best management practices manual for all landowners, including orchard managers, professional growers, forest landowners, or amateur enthusiasts, so they can help restore American chestnut trees. The manual is an easy-to-read guide that outlines best practices for planting and raising chestnut trees, including site preparation, fertilization, deer and pest management, identifying and treating diseases, and more. The goal of the guide is to help planters of all types significantly improve the success rate of their chestnut plantings.

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November 10, 2011
North America's Sustainable Forestry Initiative Forest Standard Endorsed by PEFC

WASHINGTON – Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) Inc. announced today its forest certification standard has once again met the rigorous third-party assessment of the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).

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November 6, 2011
SFI Supports National Green Building Certification For Habitat For Humanity Homes

WASHINGTON, DC – The National Housing Endowment has announced 10 of the 25 Habitat for Humanity homes will be certified to the ANSI/ICC 700-2008 National Green Building Standard thanks to a community grant from Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) Inc.

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October 31, 2011
New Director Will Strengthen SFI Community Outreach

WASHINGTON, DC – Barry Graden joined the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) today as Director, Southeast United States Community Outreach – a new position that will build on the program's community activities to promote and strengthen forest certification throughout the United States, with emphasis on the south.

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September 28, 2011
USDA Study Shows Economic And Environmental Benefits Of Wood As Green Building Material

WASHINGTON, DC – The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) welcomes a study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) summarizing scientific findings that support the environmental and economic benefits of using wood in green building construction.

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September 28, 2011
USDA Study Shows Economic And Environmental Benefits Of Wood As Green Building Material

WASHINGTON, DC – The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) welcomes a study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) summarizing scientific findings that support the environmental and economic benefits of using wood in green building construction.

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September 14, 2011
SFI Conference Focuses on The Bigger Picture

BURLINGTON, VT -- The Boy Scouts of America received the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) President's Award today for its leadership in embracing third-party forest certification and educating youth about the value of sustainable forest management.

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September 13, 2011
SFI Honors Boy Scouts of America for Supporting Sustainable Forest Management

BURLINGTON, VT -- The Boy Scouts of America received the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) President's Award today for its leadership in embracing third-party forest certification and educating youth about the value of sustainable forest management.

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