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Connecting Kids to Nature: Latest Free Activity Downloads from Project Learning Tree

TreeHugger: February 5, 2019

Does your family PLT? Project Learning Tree (PLT) is an award-winning environmental education program for children and teens in all grades, using trees and forests as a launching pad for understanding complex environmental issues.


SFI's Annual Conference Focused on Today's Most Important Forest Sustainability Challenges

Innovation & Tech Today Interview: December 11, 2018

From paper goods to lumber, wildlife habitat to recreation, our forests provide value in countless ways. A well managed forest is a sustainable forest, and one that will continue to provide value for generations to come. That’s the underlying message of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) conference, an annual event focused on today’s most important forest sustainability challenges.


Smart! Cornell Engages Kids With Nest Box Building Workshops

TreeHugger: December 4, 2018

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a world leader in the study, appreciation, and conservation of birds. But the vast educational opportunities it offers aren’t reserved only for Ivy League students. They include programs for youth, families, and local communities to participate in hands-on learning that benefits birds and the environment.


Trees & Turkeys: A Bountiful Partnership

TreeHugger: November 20, 2018

This Thanksgiving, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) express gratitude for another productive year working together toward common goals, including: well-managed forests, wildlife conservation, habitat protection, and recreational opportunities on public lands.


Sustainability Labeling Helps in Purchasing Decisions

Greener Package: November 14, 2018

With consumers skeptical about green product marketing, it’s critical that companies adopt rigorous and reputable labeling systems to build consumer awareness, understanding, and trust.


Sustainable Forestry Practices Advancing in B.C.

Prince George Citizen: November 2, 2018

When delegates arrive in Vancouver this coming week from member countries around the world for a high-level United Nations session on forests, B.C. will have a rare opportunitiy to showcase the progress it's made on sustainable forest management.


Planting Trees With Greater Purpose: The Time is Now

The Denver Post: October 19, 2018

With all the global issues we face today — including poor air and water quality, climate risk, deforestation, poverty, and hunger — individuals and organizations alike are taking a proactive step to become part of the solution. And they are turning to trees to make a difference. There is a natural draw to tree planting and forests because there is an emotional and intuitive connection between trees and a healthier planet.


Where Will They Grow?

Media Planet: September 26, 2018

PLT Canada growing future forest and conservation leaders. Project Learning Tree (PLT) Canada has a mission to educate youth about our forests and inspire a passion for the great outdoors. While youth today are being educated on the importance of our environment, the central role that forests play in all our lives is still not well understood.


CBC Radio Interview on SFI Small-Scale Forest Management Module Test Pilot

CBC Radio, On the Island Interview: September 18, 2018

Sustainable forestry is really about ensuring that we are deliving not just on economic, but environmental and social values as well. It means respecting Indigenous Peoples' rights. It means collaboration. That is what this project is all about.


New Forest Research Project Works to Conserve Caribou in Western Alberta

TreeHugger: September 11, 2018

Woodland caribou are an iconic but threatened species throughout Canada. They’re natural prey to bears and wolves, who can gain easier access to Caribou habitat through forest roads, pipelines, and other human disturbances. In some places, these activities have thrown the predator-prey system off balance, and caribou have declined. Sustainable forest management can help.


International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples: How Forests Bring Us Together

Treehugger: August 9, 2018

The United Nations established the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples in 1994, and the day is observed every year on August 9. The goal is stronger international cooperation in solving issues specific to the more than 370 million indigenous peoples living in 90 countries around the globe. Focus areas include human rights, education, economic development, and the environment.


Project Learning Tree Takes Teaching Outdoors

Treehugger: July 20, 2018

Remember staring out the window in math class as a kid? Or counting the minutes until spelling was over so you could go to recess? Project Learning Tree (PLT) embraces the fact that students would rather be outside than in and takes the teaching where they want to be.


A Conversation with Kathy Abusow

NatureServe: July 17, 2018

We sat down with Kathy Abusow, President and CEO at Sustainable Forestry Initiative, to learn about her passion for forests, what everyday people can do to make our forests more sustainable, diversity in the sector, and much more.


Guest Column by Lennard Joe: The Future Looks Bright for Sustainable Forestry

The Kelowna Daily Courier: July 6, 2018

First Nations have sustained themselves on the forest land-base for millennia. That fact explains our long-term view on forests, the environment and human and community health: decisions we make today should result in a sustainable world seven generations into the future.


SFI and Habitat for Humanity DC Team Up to Build Homes in the Nation’s Capital

TreeHugger: June 27, 2018

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) is passionate about forests and sustainable forest products being used for projects that improve the shared quality of life of people all over the world. Last week, working with its partner, Habitat for Humanity, SFI put this passion into action with a team build in DC’s Southeast neighborhood which has a low homeownership rate compared to the DC average.


Calling All Birders: A New Study is Seeking Participants in the Southeast U.S. This Summer

TreeHugger: June 13, 2018

Though it sounds like a technical term more suited for computer programming, avicaching is actually a growing practice that encourages birders to collect and share their data from bird-watching through an internationally known phone app. This practice of citizen science began about a decade ago with eBird, a project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, as a way to fill in the data gaps from underrepresented habitats.


Go Inside the Carbon Vault: Why It's Critical to Know What's Beneath the Boreal Forest

TreeHugger: June 5, 2018

Forest ecosystems sequester large amounts of carbon in vegetation and soils, off-setting the carbon emissions we produce and mitigating climate change. The boreal forest and its associated wetlands, in particular, provide critical carbon storage to the world. Wetlands throughout Canada store nearly 100 times the carbon emissions produced by Canada and the United States combined and roughly four times the emissions produced around the globe annually.


7 Things You Didn't Know About Mother's Day

TreeHugger: May 11, 2018

Mother’s Day didn’t always involve buying cards, flowers, and candy, but it’s always been about showing moms love and appreciation. Learn how Mother’s Day has evolved over time and get new ideas for celebrating this year.


Have You Gone Screen-Free Yet? Get 7 Tips for Screen-Free Week

TreeHugger: May 4, 2018

Screen-Free Week lasts until May 6, so it’s not too late to unplug and play. Born out of a concern that digital entertainment dominates the lives of too many kids, Screen-Free Week is a call to spend less time online.


Why Working Forests Are The Answer: Five Benefits of Well-Managed Forests to Appreciate this Earth Day

TreeHugger: April 20, 2018

Happy Earth Day 2018! It’s estimated that there are about one trillion trees on Earth. Forests provide habitat for wildlife, clean the air we breathe, purify and regulate clean water sources, and provide countless other benefits that improve our lives. This Earth Day, we’re celebrating forests and all they do for us. Check out these five benefits of well-managed forests.


B.C.'s Forest Sector: Writing the Book on Innovation

Vancouver Sun: April 9, 2018

While British Columbians often associate exciting innovations with computer science and the Internet, our forest sector has been playing a substantial role in leading-edge technology. These new ideas have made our world a better place.


What on Earth Are You Doing ... for World Water Day?

TreeHugger: March 22, 2018

World Water Day focuses attention on the importance of water to healthy ecosystems, sustainable development, social and economic stability, health, and human survival. World Water Day was made official by the United Nations General Assembly and takes place every year on March 22. In fact, this year, it turns 25.


What on Earth Are You Doing... for the International Day of Forests?

TreeHuger: March 21, 2018

The International Day of Forests takes place every year on March 21. It was made official by the United Nations General Assembly to raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests in cleaning the air we breathe, filtering the water we drink, and helping mitigate climate change.


Sweet! Students Build a Sugar House From Wood They Sourced Responsibly

TreeHugger: March 7, 2018

When students are given the opportunity to work alongside professionals in their field and perform a community service, the rewards can be great. We could all learn a lot from the students in the Forestry Natural Resources Program at Stafford Technical Center in Rutland, Vermont. For a two-semester class project, they worked toward building a sugar house (and more!) from studying forest health to sourcing the timber, learning forestry skills and creating the structure. A sugar house, primarily found in Eastern Canada and northern New England, is a small building where maple sap is boiled to make maple syrup.


Protecting S.C. Forests

The Post and Courier: February 25, 2018

Throughout my 40-plus year professional forester career serving in both the public and private spheres, I’ve come to view forestry as an “ideal” business sector. That’s because good forestry conserves the whole range of environmental, social and economic forest values.


Sustainable Forests: Training and Jobs Add Fire Power

TreeHugger: February 22, 2018

The longleaf pine ecosystem in the United States has shrunk from 90 million acres to just 3.4 million over time. Consequently, nearly thirty animal species that rely on it for habitat are now endangered or threatened. Natural longleaf pine forests have been replaced in the landscape by development and plantations of loblolly, slash and sand pine. What’s left of the existing longleaf pine range has been degraded by the exclusion of fire.


How Are Those New Year's Resolutions Going? 3 Ways Forests Can Help

TreeHugger: January 26, 2018

If your resolve is already waning, you’re in good company. According to one study by the University of Scranton, only eight percent of us see our resolutions through to the end of the year. Additional research by the university shows that blaming yourself for falling short doesn’t help, and neither does wishful thinking. What does help is changing your behavior, and the whole world is here to help. Look no further than your nearest forest.


There's Something Fishy Going on in the Fraser Basin

TreeHugger: December 21, 2017

Did you know that the steelhead fish is the same species as rainbow trout? The two varieties are only distinguished by their color and breeding habits. The steelhead is an endangered species in many parts of North America, and is at risk of becoming endangered in the Fraser Basin in British Columbia, Canada.


Study Shows Sustainable Forestry Sustains These 5 Birds

TreeHugger: December 15, 2017

A sustainable forest is like a giant nest that protects the birds that live in it. Among forest wildlife, birds are especially important because they serve as early indicators of forest health, water quality, air quality, and climate change. Think of the bird in the forest as the canary in the coal mine.


Giving Thanks for Four Decades of Protecting Turkeys

TreeHugger: November 21, 2017

The wild turkey is one of the most enduring symbols of Thanksgiving – but you may not know how close we’ve all come to losing these birds. As recently as 1973, there were only about 1.5 million wild turkeys in all of North America. At that time, the decline in the wild turkey population was so significant that the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) was founded. Over the last four decades, NWTF staff, volunteers, and partners have helped the wild turkey population grow to a high of nearly seven million.


Women for Nature focuses on diversity, broad engagement

The Hills Times: November 20, 2017

It's widely accepted that there's great strength in diversity, and that our world improves because of it. We see proof virtually everywhere we live, work and play -- whether in nature, in the community sphere, or in the broader economy.


5 Things You Didn't Know About Veterans Day & Remembrance Day

TreeHugger: November 10, 2017

Veterans Day is observed in the United States while Remembrance Day is observed in Canada on November 11 every year. Why November 11? It’s the day in 1918 that armed forces ceased fighting in World War I. The time, 11 a.m., also receives special acknowledgement around the world. Learn more about these two special holidays that recognize veterans in North America.


How Did These Creepy Critters Achieve Halloween Super Stardom?

TreeHugger: October 31, 2017

Halloween just wouldn’t be spookacular without spiders, owls, toads, bats, and other creatures of the night. But how did these specific animals make the cut? First, they fit the part with their dark colors. Before we had porch lights to welcome trick-or-treaters and street lights to guide their way, night-time was much darker than we can imagine now. Dark animals, from ravens to rats, were hard to see and could easily surprise.


Working Together Toward 'Net Zero Deforestation'

The Hamilton Spectator, October 13, 2017

So many of the products we buy in grocery chains, or retail clothing stores or over-the-counter at pharmacies, require packaging. After all, food, clothing and non-prescription personal care products are among the so-called fast-moving consumer goods (FMCGs) that, together, require sizable resources in the form of boxes, cartons, wrappers, paper labels and the like.


The Future of Canada's Forests

Prince George Citizen: September 28, 2017

It's hard to imagine a landscape that touches Canadians in as many diverse, important ways as our forests do. It's equally difficult to think of another landscape that requires as much complex management. I recently participated in a briefing session of assistant deputy ministers involved in forests across Canada, and I can attest that the hard work, strong cooperation and broad engagement are the new normal.


Keeping Forests as Forests Enchances Quality of Life and Helps Meet UN SDGs

The Consumer Goods Forum: September 18, 2017

Sourcing products from well‑managed forests certified to an independent third-party standard is an effective way to help your organisation meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other sustainability targets while helping forests. Of course, the idea that creating more commercial demand for forests products could actually help protect forests seems counterintuitive. But the more value we place on using forest products sustainably, the more we will keep forests as forests instead of letting them be converted to other uses. 


Back to school with Project Learning Tree & SFI: Never a dull moment for science students of all ages

TreeHugger: September 7, 2017

Project Learning Tree & Sustainable Forestry Initiative are working together to teach students about the environment and actions they can take to conserve it.


Hammer and nails: women take on build at Habitat for Humanity site

Ottawa Community News: August 25, 2017

Building a home for Annie Aningmuiq. The men took a back seat on Aug. 15 at an active construction site in Orléans. Instead, women took over the Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa build site off Jeanne d’Arc Boulevard. “Women’s groups, you’re fabulous,” said construction manager Steve Walsh, one of the few males on site that day. “You say, ‘give me direction.’’’


BMPs: Standard Operating Procedures in the South

SAF Forestry Source: August 22, 2017

“Ten or 15 years ago, you never heard loggers talking about needing continuing education credits. I’ve been in this business for almost 40 years, and the kind of logger training in BMP compliance required by SFI has been a sea change,” said Dan Roach, public affairs director for Rayonier Inc.


Making the grade in sustainable forestry

TreeHugger: August 21, 2017

A&A Trading Ltd. (A&A), a family-owned, forest company with operations on the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia, is working with local hikers to change the way people think about the forest industry.


"Women in Wood" promotes women in an industry dominated by men

TreeHugger: August 17, 2017

Wood is a growing industry, so to speak. When sustainably harvested and managed, it is the greenest building material. That’s why codes are being revised and more, taller wood buildings are being built.


The Clear Choice - Wood design ideal in the South

ArksansasOnline: July 24, 2017

As a supporter of green building design, I am also an advocate for wood construction. Wood is imbued with some amazing physical properties; it's natural, it's renewable and, as a design element, it's aesthetically captivating. That's why architects like me, including those of us living and working in "The Natural State" of Arkansas and across the U.S. South, view timber from a responsibly managed forest to be a crucial tool in our design toolkit.


5 things you didn’t know about a Boy Scout Jamboree

TreeHugger: July 21, 2017

The National Scout Jamboree in the United States is a forest-friendly tradition that stretches back nearly 100 years. Held every four years, the 2017 National Scout Jamboree kicks off on July 19th and welcomes 25,000 Scouts, 10,000 adult leaders and thousands more Day Visitors from across the U.S. and around the world. It lasts through July 28. Take a peek behind the badge and learn some fun facts about Scouts and the Jamboree.


Sweet celebration for Canada's 150th year - maple syrup from certified forests hits the shelves

TreeHugger: July 12, 2017

Canadians are celebrating their heritage all year long during a 150th birthday party with tributes to all things quintessentially Canadian. Maple syrup has been part of Canadian cuisine since before Canada was born in 1867. It was valued by Indigenous peoples who taught the first Europeans to tap trees.


Red, white & founded on wood - Canada & the U.S. celebrate in July

TreeHugger: Jun 30, 2017

Every year, as Canadians celebrate Canada Day on July 1st, Americans get ready to celebrate July 4th. Canada Day marks the enactment of the Constitution Act of 1867, which united the British colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick. This year Canada Day is particularly special because Canada is celebrating its 150th anniversary.


Opinion: First Nations and forestry: A growing collaboration

Vancouver Sun: Jun 21, 2017

While forestry remains solidly one of British Columbia’s most important industries, real change continues. For example, there has never been any doubt that hundreds of communities across B.C., from the coast to the Interior, rely on the forest industry for their livelihoods. But for many decades, First Nations did not participate widely in the success of the sector.


Make Father's Day a Forest Day

TreeHugger: June 16, 2017

Surprise Dad this year with an eco-friendly outing to a well-managed forest near you. More than 285 million acres of forests throughout the U.S. and Canada are certified to the independent, non-profit Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Forest Management Standard, stretching from Canada’s boreal forest to the U.S. South.


Teaching Youth About Sustainable Forestry

Square Opinion: June 11, 2017

It’s sometimes hard to pry our youth (and even ourselves) away from our digital devices and keyboards. With well over 80 percent of young Canadians active online, it seems many tend to venture outside less, stuck in a virtual world rather than the natural one. And, while youth in rural Ontario may have more opportunity to experience nature, in urban areas life can get in the way.


The Perks of SFI Certification

Building-Products Magazing: June 7, 2017

Consumers around the world are increasingly asking for environmentally responsible options when they make buying decisions. When it comes to wood, paper and packaging products, people want assurances that the forest they come from is managed responsibly. The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) is a sustainability organization that stands for the future of forests. SFI delivers the supply chain assurance that today’s market leaders in the lumber and building materials industry are looking for. 


Growth in PEFC Continues; SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard recognized as verification mechanism for PEF Chain of Custody certification

PEFC International Blog: May 9, 2017

It's been a pleasure to have had numerous representatives of the PEFC family from around the world recently in Geneva for our annual "Members Meeting". We're glad to be able to report that there are now over 300 million hectares of certified forests endorsed by PEFC, which represents over 60% of the world’s certified forests.


Managed forests are a powerful tool for coping with climate change

TreeHugger: April 19, 2017

The world’s forests already have a lot on their plate: Providing flood protection, drinking water purification, lumber, and recreation, plus habitat for about half the world’s mammals, birds, and insects.


On your honor, will you do your best to sustain the environment? Get inspired by the Boy Scouts

TreeHugger: April 10, 2017

The Boy Scouts of America not only offers a Sustainability merit badge, the group actually counts it among the required merit badges to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. In addition, sustainability components are woven throughout many other merit badges.


Opinion: B.C.'s forests can be sustainably harvested

Vancouver Sun: April 5, 2017

While many, including myself, view trees as beautiful and crucial to our way of life, as a sustainability professional I know that spending all one’s time focusing on individual trees — both literally and figuratively — can have a negative impact on the broader forest. And as beautiful and as important as a tree is, it’s the forest and its future that my sustainability organization is dedicated to supporting.


Four ways responsible forestry supports wood construction

TreeHugger: March 28, 2017

Whether for residential or commercial construction, responsibly managed forests are key to making sure your project is built to last.


From Crashed Ice to New Housing for Those in Need

Ottawa Community News: March 23, 2017

Locals and Canadians from coast to coast were excited to watch the thrills and spills of the Red Bull Crashed Ice event that took place in Ottawa earlier this month. But the story’s not over. More than a one-time spectacle, the event will have a life-altering impact for low-income families in the Ottawa region. This comes as a result of our partnership with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), a sustainability leader dedicated to the future of our forests and to promoting the responsible procurement of forest products.


NCSU prof: Apple's plans for eastern North Carolina could be the start of a trend

Triangle Business Journal: March 23, 2017

Apple, through a partnership with Virginia-based nonprofit The Conservation Fund, has pledged to maintain land it acquired two years ago in Brunswick County as a working forest. The goal is to source packaging materials in a sustainable way and, according to The Conservation Fund, it’s already realizing results.


International Day of Forests: Plug in to nature's powerhouse

TreeHugger: March 21, 2017

Did you know that the International Day of Forests is celebrated every year on March 21? Instituted by the United Nations General Assembly, the day recognizes the importance of forests and raises awareness of the role they play in environmental sustainability.


Collaboration for Conservation

FPAC Tree Talk Blog: February 27, 2017

Canada’s boreal forest is part of each of our lives every day. The boreal forest filters the air we breathe and cleans the water we drink. It provides wildlife habitat and improves our quality of life through recreation and its astounding natural beauty.


Saving trees, saving family lands

TreeHugger: February 27, 2017

“My mother was an urbanite who would sometimes get upset when my father and I talked about how pretty a tree was,” recalls Ebonie Alexander. “I remember her saying, ‘It’s a tree. They all look alike.’”


Message from the presidents: Emissaries for the environment

TreeHugger: February 20, 2017

President’s Day can be a good time to reflect on the issues that are important to us and re-commit to taking action. For the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), there is one core issue with many aspects: standing for the future of forests. SFI works with local, state, federal, and tribal governments throughout North America, developing partnerships to conserve forest resources, protect wildlife habitat, and implement responsible forestry practices.


Give the world a Valentine - shop sustainably

TreeHugger: February 14, 2017

Before you choose a particular box of chocolates or a certain greeting card, ask yourself where in the world it came from. Same goes for other gifts, whether your true love happens to love coffee, tea, new clothes, or camping gear.


Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Earns Third-Party Certification to SFI on 490,000 Acres of WMA Property

February 6, 2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has certified approximately 490,000 acres of state-owned wildlife management area (WMA) forestland through the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) 2015-2019 Forest Management Standard.


Teaching Our Children to Conserve Wild Spaces

The Hamilton Spectator: January 23, 2017

Empowering children on environmental issues entails more than just teaching them the basics of environmental conservation; it's also about providing them with the opportunities to take action and to make a difference.


Marcal Shows It Cares About Forests with Sustainable Forestry Initiative Certification

January 11, 2017

Marcal, a Soundview Paper Company, LLC announced today it has achieved certification to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) 2015-2019 Chain-of-custody Standard across North America.

Consumers in growing numbers want assurance that their buying decisions represent a sound environmental choice. They are asking for proof that wood, paper and packaging products are made with raw materials from certified forest content, certified sourcing or recycled content. SFI’s Chain-of-Custody Standard and associated labels deliver a reliable and credible mechanism so businesses can provide this assurance to customers.


2017 Calendar: Make a Monthly Forest Date

TreeHugger: January 4, 2017

Make 2017 the year you support North America’s forests—like clockwork. Forests clean the air we breathe, filter the water we drink and help control our climate. Resolve to put time to support forests on your monthly schedule, so forests can keep supporting us for many years to come. Here’s an idea for every month of the year.


You Can Love Wood And Still Be A Forest Hugger

Huffington Post, December 15, 2016

You have probably bought forest products like lumber for a home reno or notepaper for school supplies and wondered how your purchase affects the forest it came from. You may feel guilty, but you shouldn't if the forest products you buy are harvested sustainably and certified to internationally recognized standards. In fact, you should feel proud.


Two Turtle Doves! And the 117th Christmas Bird Count...

TreeHugger, December 14, 2016

Each year, more than 75,000 volunteers and Citizen Scientists participate in the annual Christmas Bird Count. They collect extensive data on the numbers and varieties of bird species in their communities, which supports critical protection and conservation efforts globally.


MSU Architecture Students Recognized for Design Studio Plans that Showcase Mid‑Rise Wood Buildings

Mississippi Forestry Association News, December 14, 2016

Using innovative wood technologies on the inside and exterior of a proposed mid-rise design studio earned architecture student Curtis Reed a $500 prize and – more importantly – an appreciation for mass-timber technologies.


Overcoming Barriers to Large-Scale Conservation

Duke Nicholas Institute News, December 9, 2016

Successful landscape-scale forest conservation and management efforts must engage a wide variety of forest land owners. Recent work by Lydia Olander, director of the Ecosystem Services Program at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, and Paul Trianosky, Chief Conservation Officer at the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, has focused on ideas for improving engagement of landscape-scale conservation goals through three recent events and a proceedings.


Happy Take a Hike Day! Top 5 Trail Picks

TreeHugger, November 17, 2016

Did you know that Take a Hike Day happens every year in the US on November 17? If you’ve been missing out, don’t worry. There’s also an annual National Trails Day coming up on June 4. But you don’t have to wait for a certain day to take a hike. Hitting a forest trail is good for us and good for forests all year round. Forests clean the air we breathe, filter the water we drink, and help regulate our climate, not to mention bring us mental and physical health benefits. Connecting with forests helps take care of them, as they take care of us.


Virginia Tech Alumni Profile: Paul Trianosky uses forestry to promote conservation values

Virginia Tech Alumni Corner, November 15, 2016

Paul Trianosky (’83 B.S. forestry) has devoted his career to the belief that sustainable forestry management promotes conservation values. As chief conservation officer for the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), Trianosky works to develop conservation standards and programs for landowners and companies who want to become engaged in conservation efforts.


Planet at the Crossroads: IUCN World Conservation Congress Takes Unprecedented Action to Save the Planet

TreeHugger, September 12, 2016

Over 10,000 of the world’s leading conservationists came together at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress last week to take immediate action against aggressive goals set by 200 nations in 2015. Participants include heads of state, policymakers, CEOs, leading scientists and highly influential non-profit organizations, including the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI).


Indigenous peoples and sustainable forestry: the tradition continues

TreeHugger, July 2016

Indigenous peoples and forests in North America have long been intertwined. Aboriginal and tribal communities have served as forest stewards for centuries. These communities have relied on forests for material, cultural and spiritual necessities. Examples include using plants for food and medicine and wood for shelter, boats, tools, baskets and ceremonial masks.


On Independence Day and Canada Day, celebrate the forests that built our two great countries

TreeHugger, June 30, 2016

Did you know that both the U.S. and Canada celebrate the founding of our countries around the same time every year? Canada Day is celebrated on July first, just before Independence Day is celebrated in the U.S. on July fourth.


Forestry opportunities useful for First Nations

Canadian Forest Industries, June 21, 2016

Certifying a forest to a sustainable forest management standard is an important way for managers to assure their markets and the general public of the sustainable forestry they practice. It also helps indigenous communities ensure our values are reflected in the management of those forests. 



Summertime, and the forest is easy...10 great ways to spend your day

TreeHugger, June 2016

Forests in North America are already part of our everyday lives. Forests clean the air we breathe, filter the water we drink and help regulate our climate. Forests also offer virtually unlimited opportunities to exercise and relax.


Finnegan: Applying innovative research to conserve caribou

Calgary Herald: June 3, 2016

Canada has some of the best managed forests in the world and leads the way in forest certification, a process through which sustainable management of forestlands are certified by an independent, third-party. Over many decades, Canadians have learned to find a balance among environmental, social and economic values in our forests. Yet the complexities of these forest systems and the needs of society mean that forest managers must look continuously to improve their approaches while meeting new sets of challenges.  


Celebrating Arbor Day: How responsible forest management helps fight deforestation

TreeHugger: May 2016

They’re cool, green and fragrant, ringing with only the sounds of creatures, squeaking tree limbs and wind. They put us smack dab in the middle of nature. In short, forests speak to our souls.


Sustainability: The lightning strike that fueled her passion for forests

bizwomen - New York Business Journal: April 21, 2016

Lightning once struck a hole in Kathy Abusow’s house. And wood saved her life. She was living in Montgomery, Vt., years before she became the CEO of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit with a $7 million annual operating budget. And during the night, lightning hit the side of her house, 2 feet from her bed. The whole house shook. Every circuit blew.


It's Earth Day - don't forget to cal your mother

TreeHugger: April 2016

Or better yet – visit her in person. With more than 30 percent of the world covered in forests, Mother Nature is closer than you think.


Green building reaches new heights, from homes to skyscrapers


While homeowners are increasingly reaching for sustainable wood materials in building their homes, so are leading commercial architects and contractors as they imagine the buildings of the future.


5 ways to really go green for St. Paddy's

TreeHugger: March 2016

As you remember to wear green, don’t forget to also go green in honor of St. Patrick’s Day this year. Luckily, there are five easy ways to invite the planet to the party.


Achoo!! Reach for sustainable tissue this allergy season


Even ordinary spring allergies come with choices that can make a real environmental difference. Look for the label before you reach for your next tissue.


Opinion: Protecting the treasure that is Canada's boreal forest

Vancouver Sun: March 17, 2016

Canada’s boreal forest is a vast tract of land, stretching from British Columbia to Labrador, from Yukon to southern Ontario. This forest is so big that it’s hard to put its size into perspective. But think about this: three-quarters of all Canada’s forests and woodlands are in the boreal zone — that’s some 307 million hectares in total.


Celebrating 3 presidents with roots in the forest

TreeHugger: February 2016

Which president was a log cabin enthusiast who lived off the land? And which one was inspired on a camping trip to create national parks?


Need help keeping your New Year's resolutions? Forests can help keep you on track!

TreeHugger: January 2016

Many of us made New Year’s resolutions that we’d really like to keep. Popular ones include getting more exercise, spending more time with family, reducing stress, helping out the community and living greener. Look no further than your nearest forest to help you keep all these resolutions and more.


Why the rare woodland caribou's diet is being watched in the Boreal forest

TreeHugger: December 2015

It’s not just a little concern over a few too many holiday treats…it’s to help understand the nutritional value of food available in the forest habitat of caribou, so that forest managers can help increase their chances of surviving northern winters.



Let's talk turkey: Collaboration is for the birds

TreeHugger: November 2015

In the United States, turkey and Thanksgiving are synonymous, and year after year, celebrating on the fourth Thursday of November with family and friends is a given for many of us. However, the wild turkey population may not always be able to keep up. It has declined 15 percent in recent years, especially in some areas of New England and the Southeast.


Green building is gaining ground and it's within your reach

TreeHugger: November 2015

When you think of green building, you may think of award-winning architectural feats that are light years beyond your household budget. But the fact is, more and more green building materials are becoming available to the average person, whether you’re renovating your kitchen, adding a new deck or replacing a window.


Why sustainable forests matter

TreeHugger: November 2015

Responsible forestry brings us and future generations things we can’t imagine living without: clean air to breathe, fresh water to drink, outdoor recreation and the many thousands of products we use every day.


Going batty - why we need those spooky little creatures and what's being done to save them

TreeHugger: October 2016

It’s Halloween and you’ve likely seen some bats decorating doors and windows around the neighborhood. As the only flying mammal on earth, bats have fascinated us for centuries, and often conjure up images of spooky creatures that fly in the night. They also play an important role in the environment by regulating insect populations.  But bat populations have experienced a dangerous decline in recent years. A disease called White-Nose Syndrome is wiping them out by the tens of thousands in North America, and conservation efforts are sorely needed to stop its spread.


Set new standards for your home - look for the SFI label

TreeHugger: September 2015

The next time you do a little interior decorating or upgrade furniture – whether it’s just a new coffee table, shelving or a whole dining room set – you can do your part to make the environment a priority by looking for the SFI label. The label means that the wood used was legally sourced from responsibly managed forests, meets rigorous requirements of the SFI Standards and has undergone an independent third-party audit.


How forest certification standards keep our drinking water clean

TreeHugger: September 2015

Did you know that over half of the drinking water in the United States and nearly two thirds of the drinking water in Canada comes from forests? In a recent study, the non-profit National Association of State Foresters (NASF) confirmed that the best management practices used by harvesting professionals and required by forest certification standards are paying off in maintaining the water quality in our forests that translates into the clean water coming out of our faucets.


How forests help you out every day


Whether the forest nearest to you is in your own backyard or in the next state, you rely on forests in ways that most people never think about. Forests clean the air we breathe and filter the water we drink. They produce products we need and provide opportunities to improve our quality of life through recreation, and by their natural beauty.


Why 'SFI' is the label to seek in the grocery aisle


You can find the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) label on hundreds of everyday products, from milk and paper cups and plates to cosmetics and school supplies. The label means that the wood fiber used to make the packaging was legally sourced from responsibly managed forests, meets rigorous requirements of the SFI Standards and has undergone an independent third party audit.


7 ways to spot a healthy forest


Sizing up the health of a forest may be hard to do with the naked eye. There’s a lot going on in there. Plants, animals, people and businesses all play critical roles behind the scenes. Forests are critical from every angle. Animals and people rely on them for food, clean air and fresh water. Businesses count on them to supply materials for products we need every day. Local and global economies depend upon them to create jobs and foster growth.


Are our kids out of the woods? Help them go 'screen-free'


For today’s kids, reaching the next level of an online game can seem much more natural and important than taking a hike in the forest. But this lack of outdoor activity is taking a toll on the health of the next generation.


Top 10 ways well-managed forests and SFI make a world of difference


The clean air we breathe and water we drink are only part of the story of sustainable forestry. And if you have hiked in a forest or enjoyed the shade of a tree on a city sidewalk you have experienced the benefits of trees and forests first hand.


A half dozen projects that are for teh birds


Birds are an integral part of any ecosystem they inhabit. Birds help control insects and rodents. They disperse seeds, helping to bring new life to disturbed areas. And birds are pollinators, critical for flowering plants, trees and shrubs.


6 reasons to buy SFI and support future forests


When you buy products with the SFI label you’re not only purchasing a product that meets rigorous certification standards, you’re also helping grow future forests, sustainable communities, conservation research, youth education, logger training and much more.


Sustainable Forestry Initiative introduces new standards


Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), the organization that certifies forests covering more than a quarter billion acres/100 million hectares stretching from Canada's boreal forest to the U.S. South, has announced its new Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) 2015-2019 Standards and Rules. The new standards incorporate the latest scientific information, input gathered from 12 public workshops held across the United States and Canada, and comments solicited from approximately 10,000 stakeholders.



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