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April 2013 Newsletter

Campaigners Under Attack for Undermining Sustainable Forestry

 An article published yesterday in Forbes, "Forestry Labeling War Turns Ugly as Greenpeace Bungles Logging Industry Attack" summarizes the long standing certification debate in detail. Jon Entine, Contributor, reminds readers about how forest campaigners undermine the protection of North America's forestlands and how "... we need common-sense incentives and more certification options to achieve sustainable forestry management goals..." Examining the topics of the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement, FSC vs SFI, and LEED, this article emphasizes the need for customers to be informed by facts and science, not scare tactics.

A good article to share with others.
SFI On a Roll at the White House

On April 1, more than 30,000 special guests celebrated Easter and Spring at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. For the fifth straight year, the paperboard used for the official souvenir gift box was certified to SFI and the hardwood eggs are certified to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), a fittingly inclusive approach to forest certification.

Minnesota SIC Trees to Track Project

Building on the SFI program's commitment to youth education outreach, the Minnesota SFI Implementation Committee has launched a "Trees to Track" project supporting local Northern Minnesota Cub Scouts. Locally grown, harvested and milled SFI-certified wood is used to produce 2,500 Race Kits to be donated to local Northern Minnesota cub scouts for use in the Pinewood Derby® race. The SIC is working with an SFI-trained logger, through the Minnesota Logger Education Program, to harvest wood from the Boy Scouts of America's Camp Wilderness in Northern Minnesota, which is American Tree Farm System certified. The logs will then be sawn and milled by local businesses under an agreement and in compliance with Norbord Industries Inc.'s chain of custody certificate. Cub Scouts will be encouraged to design their cars in a theme representing responsible forest management and include the SFI logo. The site where the trees were harvested will also be replanted by local Boy Scouts in the spring of 2013.


Watch a news report from the local Lakeland News of the story here. 
Supreme Court Rules on Forest Roads Issue

The U.S. Supreme Court on March 20 overturned a 2010 Ninth Circuit federal appeals court ruling on logging activities. This Supreme Court ruling supports EPA's long-standing position that logging roads are not point sources of pollution, do not require Clean Water Act permits and are best handled through state Best Management Practices (BMPs) to protect water quality. This decision reinforces the benefits associated with BMP implementation, which is a requirement of SFI certification.


Recently, SFI awarded a conservation grant to the National Association of State Foresters to assess how well best management practices are protecting water resources in the U.S. The results of this assessment will help improve water quality protection and awareness of SFI's contributions to BMP implementation.

Georgia SIC Job Announcement
Applications are being accepted for Program Coordinator II (UGA Job Posting 20130269). This is a professional position responsible for assisting the Director of the Center for Forest Business in coordinating and implementing the SFI contract with the Georgia Forestry Association, Inc. to conduct the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Program in Georgia. 
Featured Legislation
Maryland Passes Landmark Forest Legislation
On April 5th, the Maryland General Assembly passed HB 706, the Forest Preservation Act of 2013, becoming the first state to establish a policy of no net-loss of forest and a statewide tree canopy goal. 
The legislation codifies dual certification of state forests as a way to encourage the retention and sustainable management of forest lands; Maryland's state forests (211,000 acres) are currently dual certified to SFI and FSC. The legislation also declares that achieving a no-net-loss of forest is the policy of the State of Maryland, defining no net loss of forests as 40 percent of land in Maryland covered by tree canopy, and encourages the retention of family-owned forests by doubling the income tax credit for forest management activities and expanding the range of activities that qualify.


Tool to help meet requirements in the SFI Standard

The Forest Service is making it easier than ever to report the spread of insects that have invaded America's national, state, private and urban forests.

Forest Health Protection has released Version 2 of its mapping and reporting portal.  Built on the latest technology, the portal is an interactive and engaging complement to the agency's Major Forest Insect and Disease Conditions annual reports.

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