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April 2014 Newsletter



A monthly newsletter to keep you informed.

First Ever SFI Award for North American Wood Design

Vancouver's NSDA Architects was awarded the first Sustainable Forestry Initiative Award as part of the 10th annual WoodWORKS! B.C. Wood Design Awards. The architectural firm was 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, B.C.


This project crafted a magnificent healing environment using local wood certified to the SFI Standard provided by SFI Program Participants - The Sinclair Group of Companies and Winton Global Lumber. The Lodge, a stunning wood building that spans 25,000 square feet, includes 36 beds, a meditation room, lounge, family room, massage therapy room and more. It provides a comfortable and peaceful "home away from home" for cancer patients and their caregivers.

Georgia State Resolution supports SFI's efforts to grow certification
Thanks to the initiative of the Georgia SFI Implementation Committee (SIC) along with assistance from the Georgia Forestry Association, on March 18 the Georgia State House of Representatives passed a Resolution to "support and encourage the Sustainable Forestry Initiative's efforts to increase the source of certified forestland and forest products through the SFI Forest Partners Program." The Resolution also recognizes the American Tree Farm System. SFI recently ramped up its efforts for a coordinated project in Georgia through the SFI Forest Partners Program to encourage medium sized landowners and small mill operators to certify to the SFI Standards. The Resolution is a great endorsement and demonstrates that Georgia state legislators are informed and supportive of sustainable forestry efforts in their state.
Another Milestone for SFI Forest Partners Program

The SFI Forest Partners® Program is well on the road to achieving its 2014 goal of certifying 5 million acres of forestland to the SFI standard. Over 600,000 acres of timberland managed by Timberland Investment Resources, LLC (TIR) have been certified to the SFI Standard. The majority of these new certified timberlands are located in the Southern U.S. and build 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.


In 2012, four market leaders - Time Inc., National Geographic Society, Macmillan Publishers and Pearson - stepped forward and became SFI founding Forest Partners. At 1.3 million acres certified to date in 2014 under the Program, we are working to ensure that future forests continue to be managed for the broad set of the values that are important to our communities. 

SFI Supports SCOUTREES as part of Scouts Canada MOU

At the end of 2014, SFI and Scouts Canada announced a new partnership aimed at strengthening and expanding their mutual goals for environmental stewardship. As an example of SFI's commitment to Scouts Canada, SFI is a proud sponsor of Scout Canada's annual SCOUTREES tree planting program which was recently promoted to over 70,000 youth last month during Scout Canada's 2014 leadership summit.


Starting with one tree in 1972, Scouts have planted over 80 million trees across Canada. By planting trees, youth learn about the important role trees have in helping the environment. Trees are planted as windbreaks to help reduce soil erosion from wind and rain, they provide wildlife habitat for birds and other animals, and also beautify parks and provide shade during warm summer days.


SFI Program Participants interested in supporting this initiative can do so by contacting their local Scouts Canada Council.


For any question please contact Danny Karch: 450-242-1233

PEFC Collaboration Fund Closing Soon

SFI Conservation and Community Grant proposal period has closed, but there is still time to submit proposals to the PEFC 2014 Collaboration Fund until April 12, 2014. PEFC's annual Collaboration Fund seeks to support members and partner organizations in their dedicated efforts to improve forest management and expand forest certification around the world. PEFC members and other non-profit organizations are encouraged to submit proposals for new and innovative projects. Project partners may also include private and public sector organizations.


For more information on PEFC's program, contact Sarah Price, PEFC Head of Projects & Development.



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