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May 18, 2015
SFI and Habitat for Humanity Partner to Provide New Home for Local Greenwood Family

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A local grassroots project launched last year marked an important milestone yesterday with the dedication of a new home for a family of four in Greenwood, South Carolina. The house was built by the Greenwood Area Habitat for Humanity on the site of an abandoned building. The project was supported by a Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI) Conservation and Community Partnerships grant, which provides funding to revitalize local communities using wood products certified to the SFI Standard to provide safe, affordable housing with sustainable forest resources.

“To be able to take our passion for responsible forestry and support an initiative that brings people together to build homes and improve the living conditions of families is a social responsibility that all of us at SFI are proud to be part of,” said Kathy Abusow, president and CEO of SFI Inc. “Our nearly decade-long partnership with Habitat for Humanity affiliates across North America has given us the opportunity to help provide affordable homes where they are needed most, including here in Greenwood, while highlighting the important benefits of healthy forests, responsible sourcing and sustainable communities.” 

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May 15, 2015
SFI Brings the Forest Sector Together with Habitat for Humanity Canada to Improve Quality of Life for Underserved Communities

FREDERICTON, NB — The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and Habitat for Humanity Canada are helping to put a roof over the heads of Canadian families in need by strengthening their memorandum of mutual support known as Wood 4 Good, through two separate programs: Waste Not Want Not and Habitat Canada’s Aboriginal Housing Program.

Wood 4 Good encourages local home building through SFI’s grassroots network, increases awareness of sourcing wood products certified to the SFI standards, and helps make supply chains more efficient. The partnership also works to encourage collaborative solutions to support Aboriginal housing in Canada. To that end, SFI announced today a commitment to support Habitat for Humanity Canada’s Aboriginal Housing Program which to date has enabled 119 Aboriginal families to realize their dream of affordable homeownership. 

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April 29, 2015
Fighting Invasive Plants to Conserve Biological Diversity in BC’s Interior Forests

PENTICTON, BC — Preventing the spread of invasive plants is motivating a dedicated group of biologists, foresters, agrologists, conservationists and members of the public to head into forested lands outside of Okanagan Falls today. They are learning more about the best ways to fight the serious threat from invasive plants.

The project is supported by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI) and the Nature Trust of British Columbia. SFI has a strong interest in invasive-plant management and has included a requirement to limit the introduction, spread and impact of invasive species in the SFI Forest Management Standard since 2005. SFI is providing funding for this project, which is being conducted on land managed by SFI Program Participants. 

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April 20, 2015
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative Welcomes Four New Board Members Representing Environmental, Social and Economic Interests

WASHINGTON, D.C. and OTTAWA, ON –– The Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI) is pleased to announce that four leaders have been elected to the independent Board of Directors. Joining the board are Mary Klein, President and CEO, NatureServe; Guy Gleysteen, Senior VP, Time Inc.; Bettina Ring, State Forester, Virginia; and Steve Bullard, Dean, Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, Stephen F. Austin State University.

“We are so pleased to welcome Mary, Guy, Bettina, and Steve. As a conservationist, a brand manager, a state forester and an academic, their respective experience in the environmental, public and private sectors will be an important asset to our diverse SFI Board,” said Kathy Abusow, President and CEO of SFI Inc. “They will help SFI further enhance the vital link between healthy forests, responsible purchasing, and sustainable communities.” 

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April 9, 2015
Devastation to Restoration: Communities for Healthy Forests Transforms Post-Fire Rehabilitation into Learning Experience for Students

Roseburg, OR – Today, Communities for Healthy Forests, Inc. (CHF), with support from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI), celebrated its second year of restoration on lands devastated by the Douglas Complex wildfire. An educational tree-planting field trip for 100 local fifth graders marked the anniversary.

“Communities for Healthy Forests is going beyond forest restoration by building a community around the practice of sustainable forestry” said Kathy Abusow, President and CEO of SFI Inc. “Today’s tree planting not only ensures healthy future forests, but also an engaged next generation of community leaders by taking kids out of  the classroom and into the woods.”

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April 3, 2015
White House Easter Egg Gift Box Certified to the SFI® Standard

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) is proud that the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, has selected to package the official 2015 White House Easter Egg in a gift box made from paperboard certified to the SFI® Standard.     

The White House Easter Egg Roll takes place in President’s Park on the South Lawn of the White House. This year’s theme, “#GimmeFive,” encourages Americans across the country to share five things they are doing to eat better, be more active, and lead a healthier life, and supports the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative to help kids grow up healthy and  have the opportunity to reach their full potential.  

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March 10, 2015
Canada Warbler’s Steep Decline Prompts Recovery Planning from Scientists, Conservationists and Resource Managers

OTTAWA ON — Thirty scientists, conservationists and resource managers are coming together today in Ottawa to apply the best, most-recent science and problem-solving to halt the decline of the threatened Canada Warbler. Nature Canada is convening the workshop with the support of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), Environment Canada, BirdLife InternationalSwarovski Optik and Weyerhaeuser.

Compared with the mid-1960s, today there is only one Canada Warbler where there were once three. This two-thirds population decline didn’t happen suddenly. On average, the population dropped by about 2.3% per year across North America between 1966 and 2013, according to the North American Breeding Bird Survey. This long-term decline won’t respond to short-term fixes. 

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March 2, 2015
BC Architects Win SFI Wood Design Award for Putting Sustainability and Community First in the Askew’s Foods Uptown Store Design

VANCOUVER, BC — Thinking outside the traditional big-box store approach has earned Allen + Maurer Architects the 2015 Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) Wood Design Award. The award is part of the 11th annual Wood WORKS! BC Wood Design Awards. The architectural firm is being recognized for its prominent use of wood in the new Askew’s Foods Uptown Store in Salmon Arm, BC.

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January 22, 2015
SFI Appoints Elizabeth Woodworth as Vice President of Communications and Community Engagement

WASHINGTON, D.C. and Ottawa, ON — The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. (SFI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Elizabeth Woodworth as Vice President of Communications and Community Engagement. Woodworth joins SFI with deep experience in the forest sector and a proven track record of consumer and community engagement. 

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January 7, 2015
SFI Works to Ensure the Health and Future of Our Forests with the Launch of the New SFI 2015-2019 Standards and Rules

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The decisions we make every day directly affect the health and future of our forests. The launch of the new Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) 2015-2019 Standards and Rules marks an important advancement to support better decision making all along the supply chain and to promote sustainable forest management. When a Fortune 500 company sources forest products, a landowner makes a forest management plan or a consumer buys copy paper, they can all make the right choice for our forests by choosing SFI.

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