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February 2017 Newsletter

SFI IN BRIEF

A newsletter to keep you informed.
 
Give the World a Valentine - Shop Responsibly
The SFI label helps consumers make more sustainable choices. The label shows the wood or wood fiber used in a product or product packaging was legally sourced from a responsibly managed forest, meets rigorous SFI Standards and has passed an independent third-party audit. On Valentine's Day, SFI encouraged consumers to share the love on a global scale. Every time you buy a product with the SFI label, you're making a statement that you care about our forests. Look for the SFI label as you shop for everyday items such as greeting cards, office and school supplies, paper cups and plates, boxes of tissue, cartons of milk and more.
Biodiversity Without Boundaries
SFI is collaborating with NatureServe to provide forestry insights into their annual Biodiversity Without Boundaries conference which takes place April 9 through 13 in picturesque Ottawa, Ontario. This year's theme, Managing Natural Resources and Biodiversity in a Rapidly Changing World,
fits well with the use of NatureServe data to help Program Participants meet the SFI Standards and Rules, and offers a chance to highlight SFI's Conservation Impact work on biodiversity. Register for the event here.
Teaching Our Children to Conserve Wild Spaces
The small but important actions of young Earth Rangers throughout Canada are adding up to large contributions to species protection, conservation research and habitat stewardship. Earth Rangers Canada's work, including their Bring Back the Wild program, was recently featured in The Hamilton Spectator. SFI is a proud partner of Earth Rangers Canada, and is currently supporting research by the Nature Conservancy of Canada into vernal pools -- a critical subject in enhancing biodiversity conservation. This project is a focus of Earth Rangers' cross-Canada school tour, an interactive and engaging program supported in part by SFI.
Karla Guyn Joins SFI Board of Directors
SFI is pleased to welcome Karla Guyn, CEO of Ducks Unlimited Canada, to SFI's Board of Directors. During her 20-year career, Guyn has established herself as a respected international conservation leader. She leads a team of nearly 400 people devoted to conserving wetlands, which are one of the most important ecosystems on the planet. SFI's 18-member Board represents environmental, social and economic sectors equally to meet the many needs of forests and communities that rely on them.
Wetlands and Carbon - Filling the Knowledge Gap
The peat in Canada's wetlands stores almost 60 percent of all the carbon stored in soils across the country. In terms of carbon management, it's crucial land managers understand how much carbon is stored both in trees and soil. That's why SFI has teamed up with the Saskatchewan Research Council, Louisiana-Pacific Canada and Spruce Products Ltd (both SFI Program Participants), and Ducks Unlimited Canada in developing a rapid assessment tool to measure carbon storage in boreal forest wetlands. Read more about this project in Mark Johnston's blog post, here
New SFI Certificate Holder: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has certified 490,000 acres of state-owned wildlife management area forestland through the SFI 2015-2019 Forest Management Standard. Much of the certified land is home to the Louisiana black bear. Improving this bear's habitat is high on the list of management concerns for the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. These lands in Louisiana were certified thanks in large part to the support of the SFI Forest Partners® Program, which was founded and funded by Time Inc., the National Geographic Society, Macmillan Publishers and Pearson, and also receives support from Hearst Enterprises. 
SFI and CCAB Host Successful PAR Workshop
Andrew de Vries, VP, Conservation and Indigenous Relations, SFI, and JP Gladu, President and CEO, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB), co-hosted a Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) workshop in Vancouver, BC, in conjunction with the Western Canadian SFI Implementation Committee. The session was attended by a variety of people, including those from industry, government agencies and architecture firms. It served as an excellent way to profile the SFI-CCAB partnership as a key component of SFI's Indigenous program. 
2017 SFI Annual Conference Registration Now Open
The SFI Annual Conference brings together thought leaders and influencers from the forest products industry, conservation and community partners, tribal and indigenous leaders as well as some of the most engaged forest product customers in North America. This year's conference theme - Forests. A Way of Life - will highlight how we all depend on forests whether we are harvesting professionals, landowners, producers, customers, Indigenous peoples or individuals using forests for recreation. We'll discuss topics of relevance the Canadian, American and International forest sectors, so come to the 2017 SFI Annual Conference in Ottawa, Ontario and help us celebrate Canada's National Forest Week and Canada's 150th anniversary.

Register before August 9 to take advantage of our registration and housing discounts. 
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