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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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December 12, 2013
SFI & AFF Announce Innovative Project to Promote Longleaf Pine Conservation

WASHINGTON, DC and OTTAWA, ON – The future of Southern U.S. forests depends in large part on decisions made today by family forest owners, who account for 62 percent of privately owned forestland in the region. To help promote responsible forestry among this crucial group, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) has awarded a grant to the American Forest Foundation (AFF) to conduct highly targeted outreach to promote sustainable forestry among family forestland owners in North Carolina. 

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November 25, 2013
Scientists Begin Critical Research Aimed at Protecting Canada’s At-Risk Caribou and Grizzly Bear Populations

Vancouver, BC – As grizzly bear populations in western Canada make their way into winter hibernation this month scientists in Alberta are embarking on their next phase of field research, the results of which will go a long way towards protecting the province’s at-risk grizzly and caribou populations. The research will also have implications on grizzly and caribou habitats in boreal forest regions nation-wide.

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November 22, 2013
Sustainable Forestry Initiative® and Scouts Canada Form Unique Partnership to Promote Environmental Stewardship

Ottawa, ON – The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) and Scouts Canada have announced a new partnership aimed at strengthening and expanding their mutual goals for environmental stewardship. At the Scouts Canada Annual General Meeting in Calgary, Alberta, SFI and Scouts Canada signed a Memorandum of Mutual Support to work more closely and coordinate activities.

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November 21, 2013
New UL Standard References SFI as Credible Sustainable Forestry Standard

Washington, D.C. and Ottawa – UL Environment, a business unit of Underwriters Laboratories (UL), has issued a new UL Standard (UL 175) for Sanitary Paper Products that specifically includes the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) among forest certification standards that can be used as evidence that a product meets the “Sustainable Forest Source” or “System for Evidence Sourcing” criteria. Another acceptable certification program cited was the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), which endorses SFI.

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November 14, 2013
PEFC International Recognizes Global Leaders

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) Inc. was recognized this week for the greatest increase in forest certification of the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) national members at the PEFC General Assembly. SFI is one of 38 PEFC National Governing Bodies representing forest certification standards from around the globe at the PEFC General Assembly this week in Malaysia. SFI-certified area has grown to just over 100 million hectares in North America, representing 25 percent growth since last year. 

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November 5, 2013
WBCSD Announces Inclusive Approach to Forest Certification

Istanbul, Turkey – The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) released a statement Monday that promotes the expansion of forest certification across the supply chain. The statement marked a significant step towards the growing trend of recognizing all credible forest certification programs as a proof point for responsible forestry.

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October 21, 2013
More than a Spooky Symbol of Halloween – Special Project Underway to Save BC’s At-Risk Bat Population

VANCOUVER, BC and WASHINGTON, D.C. – Considered by experts to be one of the world’s most misunderstood mammals, a major move is afoot to protect southern British Columbia’s seriously at-risk bat population. BC is home to 16 species of bats, half of which are currently listed as at-risk due to one or more conservation concerns, including disease introduced by humans.

With the assistance of a Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) conservation grant, the Nature Conservancy of Canada is currently working to educate the public on the importance of bats, as well as document the locations and health of bat habitat, which will in turn provide better knowledge to conservationists tasked with protecting this sensitive species.

(Read some Busting Bat Lore Fast Facts here.)

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October 7, 2013
SFI Announces Three New Board Members Representing Broad-ranging Stakeholder Interests

OTTAWA, ON and WASHINGTON, D.C. – Three leaders have been elected to the independent Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc.® (SFI®) Board of Directors, to fill positions in each of its three chambers, Environmental, Social and Economic.

“SFI will benefit enormously from the wisdom, perspective and passion these leaders bring to our Board of Directors,” SFI President and CEO Kathy Abusow said. “By representing broad-ranging and balanced stakeholder interests, Bob Matters, Jonathan Haufler, and Jim Hannan will help continue the momentum SFI has built to ensure healthy, thriving forests for generations to come.” 

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September 19, 2013
SFI Forest Partners Program and American Tree Farm System Grow Certification in South Carolina

WASHINGTON, D.C. – With the support of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative ® (SFI®) Forest PartnersSM Program, 103,000 acres of land owned by the South Carolina Forestry Commission and Clemson University were recently certified to the SFI and American Tree Farm System® standards. The five South Carolina state forests underwent a simultaneous independent audit to certify to both the ATFS and SFI standards and Clemson University Forests, which have been ATFS certified since 1987, became SFI certified.

Founding SFI Forest Partners National Geographic Society, Time Inc., Macmillan Publishers and Pearson are promoting innovative approaches to make certification more accessible for medium-sized forest landowners and for small- and medium-sized mills. The SFI Forest Partners Program has identified nearly half a million acres of additional lands in Florida, Georgia and Virginia for program participation, with many landowners beginning third-party certification audits by the end of 2013.

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