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Archive from 2014

May 5, 2014
SFI and Girl Guides of Canada Providing Ducklings with a Safe Start

Ottawa, ON – Spring is here and Girl Guides across the country are knee deep in water making sure that ducks have a safe place to lay their eggs. Twenty-three Girl Guides of Canada groups spent the last few weeks building 60 “duck nest boxes” from wood certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) standard. The boxes are wooden elongated bird houses, mimicking the cavities found in dead trees, and hung in trees or on posts near marshes, streams and any place where ducks are nesting. They are large enough for ducks to build their nests inside and provide ducks with protection from predators and harsh weather. And now that they are complete, it’s time for them to be installed.

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May 1, 2014
Aboriginal and Forestry Relations Benefit from SFI® Partnership with the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

Ottawa, ON – For just the second time in history, a forestry company has become a member of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB). Thanks in part to a strategic partnership formed between the Sustainable Forestry Initiative®, Inc. (SFI) and CCAB.  As Western Canada’s largest private timber and land-management company, TimberWest is proud to continue its commitment to forming valuable partnerships with Aboriginal business and communities. 

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April 21, 2014
SFI Invests in Forest Conservation Research

Washington, D.C. and Ottawa, ON – The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. (SFI®) has awarded more than $400,000 to 10 conservation projects as part of its 2014 Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program. These projects support efforts towards continuous improvement in sustainable forest management and forest conservation throughout North America. 

“The 2014 conservation grant recipients represent a wide and invaluable cross section of research supporting future forests across the United States and Canada,” said Kathy Abusow, President and CEO of SFI Inc. “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. We’re looking forward to supporting each of these worthy projects.”

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April 16, 2014
White House Easter Egg Gift Box Certified to the SFI® Standard

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, has selected to package the official 2014 White House Easter Egg in a gift box made from paperboard certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) Standard.

“We are thrilled to be involved once again with this annual American tradition,” said Kathy Abusow, President and CEO of SFI. “By choosing to package these famous Easter eggs in boxes certified to the SFI standard, the National Park Foundation is setting an example to others about the importance of selecting products from responsibly managed forests.”

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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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