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February 2015 Newsletter


A monthly newsletter to keep you informed.
SFI Launches New Standard

SFI announced the launch of the SFI 2015-2019 Standards and Rules on January 7, 2015. The SFI 2015-2019 Standards and Rules are effective January 1, 2015. See the press release here.


For a summary of the Major Enhancements to the SFI 2015-2019 Standards and Rules click here.


As an SFI community member, we invite you to learn more about the SFI 2015-2019 Standards and Rules through the following information, and through learning sessions via webinar and in-person workshops.


Click here to register and find out more information on our webinars and workshops.



  • Feb. 5, [1:00 PM - 3:00 PM eastern] - This webinar will be an introduction to the SFI 2015-2019 Standards and Rules and open to all. 
  • Mar. 26, [1:00 PM - 3:00 PM eastern] - For those SFI Program Participants unable to attend one of the workshops, this webinar will be more technical in content.



There will be four in-person workshops offered, one per major U.S. geographic region. This will be a chance to meet SFI staff and learn more about SFI and the revised SFI 2015-2019 Standards and Rules.

  • Feb. 11, [1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, local time] - Seattle, WA
  • Feb. 24, [1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, local time] - Portland, ME
  • Mar. 12, [1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, local time] - Atlanta, GA
  • Mar. 24, [1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, local time] - Minneapolis, MN
Register Now & Join SFI in Discussing How Companies and Procurement Standards Can Protect Forests

Date: February 10, 2015

Time: 1:00 pm ET | 10:00 am PT


To Register: Click here



  • Larry Selzer - President & CEO - The Conservation Fund
  • Kathy Abusow - President & CEO - Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI)
  • Dr. Beth Stevens - Senior VP, Corporate Citizenship, Environment & Conservation - The Walt Disney Company

In this free one-hour webcast, you'll learn:

  • Why forests matter as a solution to clean water, clean air, biodiversity, climate change and sustainable communities and more.
  • How responsible procurement of forest products can make a difference.
  • How forest certifications are a proof point of responsible forestry in a much larger conversation around the future of forests.
  • What a large multinational corporation is doing to invest in that future through philanthropy, paper procurement decisions and policies, forest carbon investments and more.

2015 Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program

In an effort to make the SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program even more impactful and user friendly, SFI is shifting the timing of the 2015 RFP to August of 2015, with grant applications due by early October 2015. Applicants will be notified of the status of their application by end of calendar year 2015, to facilitate planning for the field season in 2016.


To be placed on the RFP notification list, please click here.

Plum Creek helps grant wish to 6 year-old Keegan

There's a new logger joining the Plum Creek Timber Company in Essex County, Vermont. Keegan, who has a neuromuscular disorder that impacts the peripheral nervous system, was up for an experience that would stick with him forever.


When Keegan, a 6-year-old boy from Vermont, is exploring the forest, thoughts of his treatment seem far away. His favorite TV shows feature natural sights and outdoor adventures as well, and they fuel his desire to become a logger. So when Make-A-Wish® offered to grant Keegan's wish, his choice was easy: to go on a day of logging.


When Keegan spent the day in the forest with the Plum Creek Timber loggers - riding around in a logging truck thoughts of treatments seemed very far away.  Plum Creek even shut down its operations to personalize his wish and have a dozen lumberjacks cater to his ambitions.

SFI featured in USGBC+ magazine
In the 2014 November-December issue of USGBC+ magazine, SFI was profiled in the "Product Innovation, Better Building Products" section. USGBC+ is published by the U.S. Green Building Council.
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