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February 2018 Newsletter



Recent highlights from SFI
Several SFI Community grants projects are supporting African American landowners in maintaining the value and legacy of their family lands. Tangled Title and Timber: A Continuing Education Webinar on Heirs Property in Georgia is a new project led by the Georgia Heirs Property Law Center that will develop a free, publicly available webinar to help foresters engage low-income African American families in managing their forestland. The Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention Program, led by Roanoke Economic Development and The Roanoke Center, is another new project that will engage African American forest landowners in North Carolina in achieving a revenue stream from their forests while promoting successional planning and sustainable forestry practices. And, A Tree, Is A Tree, Is A Tree 101, a continuing project led by the Black Family Land Trust, is engaging African Americans in Southside Virginia to ensure their family forests can create an income stream and preserve the important heritage of African American land ownership.
UL Environment Announces Agreement to Add Products Certified to SFI to SPOT™ Online Database
UL Environment, a division of UL (Underwriters Laboratories), announced that green building and office products certified to the SFI Standard will be featured on UL SPOT™, a web-based sustainability information tool that promotes responsible procurement of products. This new agreement between UL Environment and SFI will provide SPOT users access to SFI building materials, paper, and packaging products that have been third party certified to the SFI Fiber Sourcing and SFI Chain-of-Custody Standards. Read More.
PLT Awards 28 Grants for Service-Learning Projects
Project Learning Tree is funding 28 GreenWorks! grants for schools and youth organizations. This year more than 5,000 students (from kindergarten to high school) will help design and lead a variety of environmental service-learning projects, in collaboration with local partners and community volunteers, to improve watersheds, wildlife habitat, forests, local parks, and farm-to-school programs in 20 U.S. states. The projects introduce young people to green careers, develop their leadership skills, and provide them opportunities to apply science, technology, engineering, and math to make a difference in the world.
Protecting South Carolina Forests
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Gene Kodoma, the former state forester of South Carolina, wrote in The Post and Courier about his career as a professional forester. He states that good forestry conserves the whole range of environmental, social and economic forest values. He suggests that independent certification of publicly owned state forest lands is critical in demonstrating to South Carolinians that the state government is properly managing and caring for its citizens' forest land. SFI certification, notes Gene, allows the South Carolina Forestry Commission to retain and strengthen its "social license" to own and manage publicly owned lands and provides verification that the state's forests are being well-managed for present and future generations. Read more.
Whistler's Solana Condos Win the 
SFI Certified Wood Award
A commitment to use responsibly sourced wood products has earned Whistler-based Innovation Building Group an award from SFI. The SFI Certified Wood Award is part of the Wood Design & Building Awards program. Innovation Building Group received the award for its multi-residential project Solana in Whistler, BC, at the Wood WORKS! BC 2018 Wood Design Awards Gala in Vancouver on February 26. Solana used Brisco Fine Line LVL in lumber panels, beams, and posts, certified to SFI, as part of both the structure of the building and its distinctive finish. These Brisco Manufacturing products are based on LP SolidStart LVL, from LP Building Products. Subflooring and joists were provided by Weyerhaeuser. LP and Weyerhaeuser are both SFI Program Participants certified to the SFI Standard. Read more.
Youth Mentoring Program Helps Restore Longleaf Pine Forests
Fire has a renewing quality for longleaf pine trees and the plants and animals that call the longleaf pine forests home. To reverse the degradation of longleaf pine forests, The Nature Conservancy is partnering with the Student Conservation Association and the U.S. Forest Service to recruit and train the "fire starters of tomorrow." The Fire Mentoring Program provides controlled burn training, on-the-job experience, and career opportunities for underserved youth. Support from SFI has helped anchor one Fire Mentoring Program crew in a priority longleaf pine landscape in southeast Georgia and northeastern Florida. It's not only the longleaf pine forests that benefit, but also the young people involved. Take a look at two of the many success stories on TreeHugger.
Where to Find SFI Next Month
SFI staff is always on the road, speaking at conferences and exhibiting at shows. Want to say hello? Meet up with SFI at these upcoming events:
Paul TrianoskySFI's Chief Conservation Officer, will be speaking on the "Best Practices for Working with Large Institutional Landowners" at the LandTrust Alliance Southeast Conference, March 14 - 16 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Paul will also be participating in a "Storytelling Workshop," sharing challenges and successes from his personal experience in land conservation. SFI will be exhibiting at the event as well.
Darren Sleep, SFI's Senior Director, Conservation Strategies, will be speaking at the Special Boreal Plenary of The Wildlife Society Manitoba Chapter and Canadian Section of TWS 2018 Joint Annual General Meeting and Conference, March 16 -17, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. SFI is also a sponsor.
SFI will be sponsoring and exhibiting at the MassTimber Conference, March 20 - 22, in Portland, Oregon. Come by Booth 204 to chat with SFI's Gregor Macintosh, Senior Director, Standards.
SFI will be sponsoring and exhibiting at the Montreal Wood Convention, March 20 -22, in Quebec, Montreal. Come by Booth 49 to connect with SFI's Jason Metnick, Senior VP, Customer Affairs.
Want to Join the SFI Team? 
SFI Inc. is currently hiring a Vice President, Education and Community Engagement, to be located in either the Washington, DC or Ottawa, ON office. The VP for Education and Community Engagement is responsible for visioning and implementing the strategic direction for SFI's Education and Community Engagement pillar across the US and Canada, which includes SFI's community partnership grants, Project Learning Tree, and other programs and partnerships. SFI is also seeking candidates for additional positions, including a Director of Development, a Business Operations Coordinator, and a PLT Canada Business Director. Descriptions of the positions and information on how to apply are available on the SFI website
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