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December 2014 Newsletter



A monthly newsletter to keep you informed.

Finish up Holiday Shopping with Amazon Smile

As you finish (or start) your holiday shopping, shop with AmazonSmile. It lets you enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com or Amazon.prime. But when you shop on smile.amazon.com the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the eligible charitable organization of your choice - we recommend selecting SFI as your charity of choice.

SIC Spotlight: Virginia - Third Annual Sustainable Forestry Tour

The Virginia SFI Implementation Committee (SIC) in partnership with the Virginia Forestry Association and the Virginia Tree Farm Committee hosted the third annual Sustainable Forestry Tour this fall at Burke Woodlands in Caroline County, owned by a small, family forest landowner John Burke. 


Architects, builders, engineers, realtors, and policy-makers witnessed active forest management first hand. At the first site, various stages of loblolly pine management were shown and discussed with topics including economics, genetics, and regeneration. Participants learned about longleaf pine restoration efforts as well as shortleaf and loblolly pine management. Understory burning and hardwood thinning were also on the agenda. In addition, participants viewed a site managed for hardwoods and visited a planted cypress stand.

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Forest Certification and Traditional Practices Working Hand-in-Hand:
The story behind the Aboriginal Business Leadership Award 

By: Chief David Walkem, Chief of the Cooks Ferry Indian Band and SFI Board Member


Managing Change, for the Better: One man's poignant journey from a childhood spent in the forest to a career in forestry. 

By: Paul Trianosky, SFI Vice President, Conservation and External Affairs


Minnesota SIC Logger of the Year Harvests the 2014 Capitol Christmas Tree: The People's Tree brought the SFI community together en route to Washington D.C.
By: David Chura, Executive Director, MN Logger Education Program

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SFI Grant Program Changes 

SFI will be initiating some changes to the Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant program in Fall 2015 to make the program even more impactful and user friendly. You won't see our usual RFP in January this year. Instead, be on the lookout for notification in Fall 2015. We'll be sure to keep you posted with updates along the way.

Intertribal Timber Council Awards Call for Nominations - Due: Jan. 16, 2015

The 2015 Earle R. Wilcox Memorial Awards honor individuals who have made significant contributions in the field of Indian forestry and natural resources. There are three categories of awards: national, individual and the posthumus president's award. Award details.

Hal Salwasser in Memoriam

It is with great sadness that SFI staff share the news that Harold J. "Hal" Salwasser, former dean of the College of Forestry at Oregon State University, passed away at his home on Oct. 15 of apparent natural causes. Salwasser had been an active member of the forestry faculty since stepping down as dean in 2012. He was a valued member of the SFI External Review Panel. Hal will be missed, and we extend our heartfelt sympathy to Hal's family. Read the Oregon State announcement.

2015 SFI Annual Conference - Mark Your Calendar



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