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October 31, 2016
Nature Conservancy of Canada, Earth Rangers and SFI Want to Make Life Less Scary for Amphibians at Halloween and All Year Round

OTTAWA, ON — Slimy, slithery creatures take centre stage at Halloween, but they fascinate children all year round. Kids are onto something because these animals are important to the health and biodiversity of Canada’s forests. That’s why the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) is proud to support important conservation research on amphibians and their habitat led by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and the Earth Rangers’ School Assembly Program, which leverages kids’ love of nature — even the slimy and slithering kind. 

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October 28, 2016
SFI Hosts Science Conference to Help Measure the Conservation Impact of Sustainable Forests

WASHINGTON, DC — The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) convened researchers, conservationists, academics and government officials from across North America this week for the first full-scale meeting of the SFI Sounding Board to provide guidance for the SFI Conservation Impact Project. This project, launched by SFI in September at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress, is a large-scale effort to quantify conservation benefits of well-managed forests stretching across North America from British Columbia to Florida. Forests certified to the SFI Forest Management Standard cover more than 280 million acres/113 million hectares. Millions more benefit from the SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard.

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October 17, 2016
Habitat for Humanity Is 24-0 at Clemson Homecoming Games

CLEMSON, SC and WASHINGTON, DC — For 24 years, the Clemson University community has come together to build a Habitat for Humanity home for a local family during the 10 days leading up to the homecoming football game. As an orange wave of pride in Clemson Tigers football surged across campus, a new home for a local family came to life on Bowman Field on Saturday.

The three-bedroom, two-bathroom, one-story home will be moved to a local neighborhood, where it will be home to Lakeesha Jones and her family.

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September 28, 2016
Central Canada SFI Implementation Committee Grows Partnerships One MOU and Hard Hat Sticker at a Time

CLEARWATER BEACH, FL — Operating across two time zones and two Canadian provinces, with a combined area the size of continental Europe, hasn’t stopped the Central Canada Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Implementation Committee from setting a new standard for community building, partnerships and member participation. In recognition of this outsized effort, the committee received the SFI Implementation Committee Award at the SFI 2016 Annual Conference.   

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September 28, 2016
Washington DNR and Partners Receive Conservation Award for a Forest Management Project to Avoid Catastrophic Fire

CLEARWATER BEACH, FL — It may seem counterintuitive, but some forests in the Pacific Northwest have too many trees for their own good. These dense forests are more prone to disease, insect infestations and, most troubling of all, huge fires that are exacerbated by climate change. This year is poised to be another record-setting year for fires. Last year was the fourth-worst wildfire year since 1960 and six of the 10 largest U.S. wildfires were in the Pacific Northwest.

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September 28, 2016
American Bird Conservancy Wins SFI President’s Award for Putting SFI’s Scale to Work for Birds

CLEARWATER BEACH, FL — American Bird Conservancy (ABC) is taking an ecosystem-based approach to bird conservation that is benefitting birds in ways that help other species — including people. In recognition of this work and for partnering with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and many others who care about birds, ABC received the SFI President’s Award at the SFI 2016 Annual Conference.

Examining the needs of a wide variety of birds helps build understanding of broader ecosystem health as it relates to sustainable forest management — the kind of forest management that also provides wider environmental benefits, like clean water and carbon storage, that support all life.

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September 7, 2016
SFI Continues to Engage the International Forest Community Through PEFC Endorsement

WASHINGTON, DC — The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Inc. announced today that the SFI 2015-2019 Forest Management Standard has again met the rigorous third-party assessment of the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). This is SFI’s fourth PEFC assessment. The SFI Program was first endorsed in 2005. PEFC is an umbrella organization that endorses national forest certification systems developed collaboratively by diverse stakeholders, tailored to local priorities and conditions.

“SFI makes important contributions that address the unique needs of North America’s forests and communities, and is a valuable national member working with PEFC to elevate the role of responsible forestry,” said Ben Gunneberg, Secretary General of PEFC. “Only forest certification standards that meet our rigorous meta-standard and that are developed in an open, transparent manner through a multi-stakeholder process are endorsed by PEFC.” 

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September 6, 2016
Middle Schoolers Flock Together to Build a Better Future for Birds

ITHACA, NY and WASHINGTON, DC — A chance to learn scientific and technical skills while helping conserve birds was all the motivation middle-school students needed to participate in a Cornell University afterschool program this summer. The students are now flocking back to school full of new ideas to help birds and the habitats they depend on.

Through a series of free workshops and a curriculum focused on youth, family and community, the summer program included lessons in biology, ecology, habitat, mapping and data exploration. The program is supported in part by funding from the Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Inc. (SFI).  

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September 2, 2016
SFI Launches Conservation Impact Project to Deliver Metrics for Well-Managed Forests

HONOLULU, HI — The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) will announce today the launch of its large-scale effort to quantify the conservation benefits associated with well-managed forests stretching across North America from British Columbia to Florida. Forests certified to the SFI Forest Management Standard cover more than 280 million acres/113 million hectares. Millions more acres/hectares benefit from the SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard.

The SFI Conservation Impact Project focuses on developing metrics for climate change mitigation, water quality and biodiversity, to encourage forest health, conservation and sound management. Quantifying these environmental benefits will also enable the SFI community to understand and promote the conservation values associated with sustainably managed forests. 

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August 8, 2016
SFI Opens RFP Inviting New Partnerships for Conservation and Community Impact Throughout North America

WASHINGTON, DC and OTTAWA, ON — The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) is pleased to announce its annual request for proposals (RFP) for the SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program. Grants from SFI contribute to understanding the critical linkage between forests and communities across the range of American and Canadian forests, and represent SFI’s long-standing commitment to forest research. These projects provide the science-based data needed by resource professionals to improve forest management and to assess conservation values. SFI community grants build engagement at the intersection of sustainable forestry, responsible procurement and thriving communities.

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