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February 2014 Newsletter


A monthly newsletter to keep you informed.
SFI Program -- Making a Difference in Our Communities
National Network of Forest Practitioners: Engaging Underserved Landowners in Alabama and Mississippi
In 2011 NNFP launched the Southeast Forest Landowner Outreach Initiative (SEFLO) focused on assisting African American landowners in making the most from their forestland. 


With almost 1500 underserved landowners reached thus far, NNFP is providing landowners with a higher level of understanding of forest management techniques. SFI supported NNFP's work in 2013 with a community grant that allowed them to continue outreach to landowners and introduce certification as a management tool.


For more information on their "Sustaining Rural Lands and Livelihoods" Initiative, visit woodlandtoolbox.org 

Minnesota SIC
Last year Cub Scouts received SFI Race Kitfor use in their Pinewood Derby™. These Scouts are now in the process of designing their cars with a sustainability theme and have been asked to submit a photo of the finished car via email or by posting it on the MN SFI Implementation Committee Facebook page. The Cub Scout who submits the winning design will win a $50 Amazon gift card.

This is a great example of how SFI and its partners are working with the Scouting program to further the education and utilization of sustainable forestry in Scouting. For more information about the project, contact Tim O'Hara with Minnesota Forest Industries and the MN SFI Implementation Committee.


2014 SFI RFP Closing Soon! 

In January, SFI opened its Request For Proposals for the 2014 SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program. Applications are still being accepted, but hurry - the RFP closes Friday, February 21, 2014.


This program is truely unique in that it uses SFI managed lands as living laboratories to foster research and pilot efforts to better inform future decisions about our forests. The program also builds on the fact that SFI is the only forest certification standard in North America that requires participants to support and engage in research activities to improve forest health, productivity and sustainable management of forest resources. This year's grant investments will focus on the role of sustainable forest management in carbon and bioenergy; forest health; water; capacity building; and wildlife, fish and biodiversity.


In 2014, SFI will award up to $300,000 for projects supporting sustainable forestry, bringing total 2014 investments to over $400,000 when previously awarded multi-year research grants are rolled in. 


For more information, and to download the application click here.  

SFI Standard Review Process is Underway

Inviting nearly 10,000 stakeholders to submit comments, SFI has opened up its second public 60-day comment period for the proposed SFI 2015-2019 Standard. Don't forget to submit your comments by March 6th here. 

There's still time to register to attend a standard review workshop. Visit our website to learn more, and click here to register for one of these workshops:  
ATFS' New Standards Review Panel
In January, ATFS announced the 14 members of a new Independent Standards Review Panel (ISRP), a body of forest stakeholders that is charged with reviewing AFF's current Standards of Sustainability for Forest Certification Standards and recommending revisions to the AFF Board of Trustees based on public review.

SFI's Barry Graden is part of the ISRP panel that represents a diverse perspective ranging from government and private landowners to forest products companies and environmental organizations. SFI is delighted to have been invited to bring its conservation and sustainability perspectives to the table. The panel members will hold their first in-person meeting in Washington, D.C. in March to begin reviewing the current Standards and public comments.


Interested members of the public are invited to participate in the 60-day public review of the Standards by submitting comments online. Those interested in learning more about the ISRP process and its work should visit www.treefarmsystem.org/standardsreview or contact Sarah Crow at 202-765-3440.  
Visit the SFI booth at the following events:
National Association of Conservation Districts
February 2-5. 
Anaheim, California. 
Booth 7.
International Builders Show
February 4-6. 
Las Vegas, Nevada. 
Booth S1117.
Montreal Wood Convention
February 18-20.  
Montreal, Quebec.  
Booth 72.


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