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September 18, 2013
SFI Recognizes National Geographic Society Sustainability Chief Hans Wegner For Lifelong Commitment to the Environment

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – This week, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) recognized Hans Wegner, Chief Sustainability Officer of the National Geographic Society, with the SFI President’s Award during its annual conference in San Antonio. Wegner’s many contributions – both personally and on behalf of National Geographic Society – have been instrumental in raising awareness of the benefits associated with utilizing forest certification as a proof point for sourcing forest products responsibly and for modeling sustainability principles into daily decisions.

“Hans’ commitment to sustainability is matched only by the depth of his knowledge and his passion for raising awareness among others,” said SFI President and CEO Kathy Abusow. “Hans believes that as a publisher, National Geographic Society has a crucial role to play in encouraging responsible forestry practices and helping to build the foundation of a sustainability model for all users of forest products. He is a true leader in the cause of sustainable forestry.”

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September 18, 2013
SFI Grassroots Network Recognized for Connecting People to Forests

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – From enjoying a walk in the woods to building a home to the clean water and the paper products we use every day, people benefit from forests in countless ways. Today, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) presented three SFI Implementation Committees with SFI’s 15th Annual Achievement Award for their efforts to connect communities to sustainable forestry in Maine, Minnesota and Georgia. The presentations were made at a ceremony during SFI’s 2013 Annual Conference in San Antonio.

“Every year, SFI recognizes the work of its unique grassroots network of 35 SFI implementation committees, which promote sustainable forestry in communities across North America,” SFI President and CEO Kathy Abusow said. “The projects we are recognizing today demonstrate how SFI Implementation Committees are, quite literally, at the root of our success because the future of our forests depends on sustained engagement and cooperation at the community level, day in and day out.”

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September 18, 2013
Honey Bee Forest Habitat Research Garners SFI® Conservation Leadership Award for Soterra, LLC and Pollinator Partnership

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – Honey bees are in sharp decline in North America and Europe, jeopardizing their crucial role in pollinating crops that in the United States amount to about one-third of the nation’s domestic food supply. Today, new research led by SFI program participant Soterra LLC and the Pollinator Partnership on the habitat of honey bees and other native pollinators in forested ecosystems was recognized by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®), earning the annual SFI Leadership in Conservation Award at the nonprofit’s annual conference this week in San Antonio.

“When we think of bees, we think of their role in our backyards or on farms – this innovative study shows that bees are also vital to other ecosystems, including forests,” said SFI President and CEO Kathy Abusow.  “The leadership demonstrated, the quality of the forest bee research conducted and the range of partners engaged makes Soterra and the Pollinator Partnership wholly deserving of the 2013 SFI Leadership in Conservation Award.”

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September 16, 2013
‘Conservation Hero’ Paul Trianosky Joins SFI to Lead Conservation Partnership Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) announced today that respected conservation professional Paul Trianosky has joined SFI as Senior Director of Conservation Partnerships.

Trianosky brings nearly 30 years of diverse leadership experience in forest conservation, nonprofit management and forest certification to SFI. In 2013, he was recognized as a “Conservation Hero” by The Nature Conservancy of West Virginia and he has served as a gubernatorial appointee to the Tennessee Forestry Commission since 2004. He most recently worked at the American Forest Foundation, where he served as Director of Southern Forest Conservation. In that role, he developed and implemented strategies to engage family landowners in AFF’s programs and services across the southern region. 

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August 26, 2013
SFI and U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities Spur Collaboration Among Water Utilities and Forest Landowners to Protect Watersheds

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Experts acknowledge the important role of forestlands in protecting our nation’s water quality. The U.S. Forest Service estimates that about two-thirds of our nation’s freshwater resources originate in forests. Water utilities are increasingly taking responsibility for the health of local watersheds as the best way to ensure a long-term supply of clean water for the community. A new project managed by the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (the Endowment), and supported by a grant from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®), will engage forest landowners and water utilities to support innovative ways to promote watershed protection and maintenance on privately owned forest lands. 

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August 15, 2013
SFI Funds Community-Based Programs to Support Habitat for Humanity, African-American Landowners and More

WASHINGTON – The future of North America's forests is decided by actions taken every day in communities across the U.S. and Canada. To foster such on-the-ground adoption of responsible forestry practices, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) has awarded grants to seven community-based projects to educate youth and teachers, work with landowners, and support worthy community programs.

 

The grants were awarded under the SFI Conservation and Community Partnership Grant Program for projects with community groups in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Minnesota and New Mexico. Through the involvement of partners and leveraging other donations, the total value of the seven projects announced today is more than $300,000 in combined cash and in-kind contributions. 

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July 11, 2013
SFI Proud to Support Scouts Canada Canadian Scout Jamboree 2013

Ottawa, Ontario – In an ongoing show of support for the tremendous environmental efforts of Scouts Canada, Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) is proud to supply a variety of unique certified wood products for use at the Scouts Canada Canadian Scout Jamboree 2013 (CJ’13), being held this week in Sylvan Lake, Alberta.

SFI has donated 100 custom made paddles, made by Oconto Paddles with SFI® certified cedar from International Forest Products Limited (Interfor), which have been presented to the Scouts and are now in use at CJ’13. The Western Canada SFI Implementation Committee also contributed 4800 pieces of certified lumber to help build mobile kitchen shelters being used at the event. The lumber was sourced from Spruceland Millworks, an SFI chain of custody certified company, and generously delivered by Dakeryn Industries.

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June 26, 2013
First Ever “Women in Wood” Build Day a Success; Benefits Ottawa First Nations Family

Ottawa, ON – The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® and Habitat for Humanity National Capital Region have joined forces for the first-of-its-kind “Women in Wood” Build Day, helping to change the lives of an Ottawa-area family. The special day, involving 20 volunteers, included a “Wall Raising” and building the framework of a brand-new home.

The “Women in Wood” team, led by SFI President and CEO Kathy Abusow, included a diverse team of volunteers – Ottawa women and SFI volunteers who work not only in the forest industry but in various government, business, environmental and social sectors, including: Donna Hicks, CEO, Habitat for Humanity National Capital Region (NCR); Joanne Laskoski, Editor-in-Chief, Capital Woman magazine; Kirsten Vice, Vice President, Canadian Operations, National Council for Air and Stream Improvement; and Pamela Miles, Director at CUSO International.

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June 20, 2013
New Report - Sustainable Forestry Initiative Shows Gains in All Performance Indicators

WASHINGTON – The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) Inc. today reported significant growth across key performance indicators with the release of Writing the Next Chapter, SFI’s 2013 Annual Progress Report.

Since 2007, forests certified to the SFI Standard® have grown by 100 million acres to 240 million acres today. Total chain‐of-custody certified locations grew from 500 in 2007 to more than 2,500. Also, SFI received on-°©‐product label requests for more than 6,000 wood, paper and packaging products in 2012, up from only 50 for the entire year in 2007.

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June 18, 2013
SFI and Audubon Team Up Bird Scientists with Forest Managers to Implement Conservation programs

WASHINGTON, D.C . - The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) announced today that it has awarded the National Audubon Society $60,000 under the SFI Conservation and Community Partnership Grant Program. The three‐year project is designed to develop and implement the latest bird conservation best practices by engaging Audubon scientists working closely with forest managers across six states along the Atlantic flyway of the Eastern United States.

“Hundreds of bird species from the Acadian Flycatcher to the Wood Thrush breed in and migrate through the forests of the Atlantic Flyway. Working lands, like those managed by SFI-certified companies represent some for the best opportunities for conserving breeding habitat. By working with SFI and its members we can promote forest management that will create forests that work for birds and provide income from timber,” said Jim Shallow, Audubon’s Atlantic Flyway eastern forest project manager.

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