SFI

 
 English    Français

News Releases

SIGN UP FOR UPDATES

Archive from 2014

December 16, 2014
SFI Board Welcomes Conservation and Economic Representatives

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. (SFI) has strengthened its capacity to conserve North America’s forests with the election of three new members to its Board of Directors: Robert Abernethy, Craig Armstrong, and Gail Wallin.

“Their respective experience in the environmental and private sectors will be an important asset. We are so pleased to welcome Robert, Craig, and Gail to the SFI Board. Given their tremendous expertise, they will help SFI further enhance the vital link between healthy forests, responsible purchasing, and sustainable communities,” said Kathy Abusow, President and CEO of SFI Inc. 

Read More
Share:
December 4, 2014
SFI Grant Encourages Private Landowners to Maintain Forest Corridors in North Carolina’s Cape Fear Arch

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Connecting a network of private forests could help bears, wild turkeys and other species travel uninterrupted across parts of the Cape Fear Arch in southeastern North Carolina. A Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. (SFI) Conservation and Community Partnership Grant is supporting landowner outreach by The Nature Conservancy’s North Carolina Chapter to make this vision a reality.

Read More
Share:
December 2, 2014
SFI Community Comes Together to Celebrate the People’s Tree at the U.S. Capitol

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Capitol Christmas Tree, also known as the People’s Tree, is being lit today thanks to people like Jim Scheff. He harvested the towering 88-foot-tall white spruce from the Chippewa National Forest in northeastern Minnesota. Scheff won the Logger of the Year Award from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. (SFI) Minnesota Implementation Committee.

The People’s Tree is chosen every year by the U.S. Forest Service. It is a powerful symbol of the relationship between the American people and the land. The tree stopped in 30 communities en route to the Capitol in time for the start of the Christmas season. 

Read More
Share:
November 24, 2014
SFI Honoured to be Part of Toronto Event Celebrating Women as Leaders in Conservation

TORONTO, ON — On November 24, Miller Thomson will be hosting a reception in its Toronto law office to honour and recognize the founding members of Nature Canada’s Women for Nature initiative, including Kathy Abusow, President and CEO of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. (SFI).

“This is an opportunity to celebrate a diverse group of women who have chosen to join Nature Canada in championing nature,” said Eleanor Fast, Executive Director of Nature Canada. “These women are incredibly influential and they are at the heart of our efforts to engage and empower Canadians to save species, protect habitats and connect children to nature.”

Read More
Share:
October 22, 2014
Montreal Lake Cree Nation Certified to SFI Standard to Enhance Forestry Operations and Community Sustainability

Ottawa, ON — A forested area in central Saskatchewan — more than half the size of Prince Edward Island — is now certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) 2010–2014 Standard. The Montreal Lake Cree Nation adopted the SFI Standard because of its ability to promote sustainable forest management by protecting water quality, biodiversity, wildlife habitat and species at risk. Enhancing the economic sustainability of the community was another key factor in the decision to choose SFI.

Read More
Share:
October 14, 2014
SFI Proud to Collaborate on Tree Ottawa’s One Million Tree Initiative

Ottawa, ON — The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) is proud to support Tree Ottawa’s goal to plant One Million Trees as a gift from the residents of Ottawa to all Canadians to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017. The first tree is being planted near a 150-year-old oak tree at Tree Ottawa’s launch in Champlain Park.

“Tree Ottawa is strengthening connections between healthy forests and the sustainable communities we all want to live in. Planting trees in Ottawa is even more urgent in the wake of the emerald ash borer infestation. There is no better time than now to rejuvenate Ottawa’s urban forests and grow a better place for all of us to live,” said Kathy Abusow, President and CEO of SFI Inc. 

Read More
Share:
September 24, 2014
From Screen Time to Tree Time

Tree Canada and SFI® make learning about trees and nature fun with a new visual booklet 

Ottawa, ON – Connecting young Canadians with nature is a challenge in today’s world of smartphones, video games, and other hi-tech gadgets. In honour of National Tree Day, Tree Canada and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. (SFI) are making connecting with nature easier and more appealing with a new visual educational booklet for youth and adults across Canada.

“In today’s increasingly urbanized world, it can be difficult for children and adults to be in touch with the outdoors and to learn about nature,” said Michael Rosen, President of Tree Canada. “Canada’s Arboreal Emblems booklet is the perfect way to promote the importance of Canada’s provincial trees while raising people’s awareness of what they offer to our lives.  Trees make our lives happier and more beautiful, screen wind and noise, reduce energy demand, and give us forest products. Without trees, we would be in a world of trouble.” 

Read More
Share:
September 17, 2014
Joe Lawson wins the Dr. Sharon Haines Memorial Award for Innovation and Leadership in Sustainability

MONTREAL, Quebec — Certification plays a central role in sustainable forestry thanks to pioneers like Joe Lawson. Today, he received the Dr. Sharon Haines Memorial Award for Innovation and Leadership in Sustainability for his commitment to supporting the mission of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. (SFI) since its inception in 1995.

The award, created by SFI and sustainability leader, International Paper, celebrates Dr. Sharon Haines, who was International Paper’s Director of the Office of Sustainability before her sudden passing in 2007. The award pays tribute to Sharon’s legacy by recognizing individuals or teams who have demonstrated a forward-thinking approach to sustainability and fostering collaboration.

Read More
Share:
September 17, 2014
Michigan SFI Implementation Committee Wins Award as the State’s Forests Keep Growing — Even in Downtown Detroit

MONTREAL, Quebec — Michigan’s forests are expanding, even in unlikely places like Detroit. The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) Michigan Implementation Committee is part of this success story and a big reason why it won the SFI Implementation Committee Annual Achievement Award in 2014.  The award was presented at SFI Inc.’s 2014 Annual Conference in Montreal.

“The Michigan committee’s work in Detroit isn’t just at the intersection of viable markets, healthy forests and sustainable communities in a conceptual way. The committee is actually working to make Detroit a more sustainable community at intersections, along streetscapes and in parks,” said Kathy Abusow, SFI Inc. President and CEO.

Read More
Share:
September 17, 2014
SFI Awards Montana Forest Restoration Committee for Helping Grizzly Habitat and Restoring Forests

MONTREAL, Quebec — Sustainable forestry is helping improve wildlife habitat for grizzly bears and other species in Montana. The Montana Forest Restoration Committee is cooperating with a variety of groups to restore wildlife habitat in three national forests — Bitterroot, Helena and Lolo. But bears are just part of the story. The committee guides forest restoration work to address wider ecological, economic and social needs, including community vitality.

One of the Montana Forest Restoration Committee’s many projects involves realigning logging roads and returning other roads to their natural state to help accelerate the ecological recovery of National Forest lands. Enhancing forest habitat is helping restore habitat connectivity and giving grizzly bears more room. 

Read More
Share: