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Issue #1 2018 Newsletter



Recent highlights from SFI

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SFI Supports Steelhead Restoration in British Columbia
The steelhead is an endangered species in many parts of North America, and is at risk of becoming endangered in the Fraser Basin in British Columbia. Having long sustained Indigenous people, steelhead are also central to cultural values and the region's world-class recreational fishery. With the support of a 2017 grant from SFI, the Fraser Basin Council formed the Thompson Steelhead Working Group (TSWG) - a collaborative effort between SFI; BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations; Cook's Ferry Indian Band; Secwepemc Fisheries Commission; and SFI Program Participants BC Timber Sales, Stuwix Resources, and West Fraser Mills. The goals of the TSWG are to support First Nations values related to steelhead, and to enhance forest management to improve water quality, temperature, and reduce sedimentation. The Working Group also hopes to gain wider community commitments for steelhead recovery, and to return wild steelhead populations to levels that produce sustainable ecological, social, and economic benefits for all. Read more about this SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant project on TreeHugger.
Study Shows How Sustainable Forestry Sustains Certain Birds
Among forest wildlife, birds are especially important because they serve as early indicators of forest health, water quality, air quality, and climate change. Early results from an ongoing study confirmed that sustainably managed forests provide healthy habitat and make a significant contribution to the conservation of the swallow-tailed kite, wood thrush, prairie warblers, and other species at risk. These results are from North Carolina, but the study represents a partnership between the American Bird Conservancy (ABC) and numerous SFI Program Participants throughout the Southeastern United States and the Pacific Northwest, including Hancock Timber Resource Group, Weyerhaeuser Company, Resource Management Service, LLC, Forest Investment Associates, The Westervelt Company, Molpus Woodlands Group, Rayonier, Potlatch Corporation, Campbell Global, Georgia-Pacific, and Enviva. Besides just assessing populations, ABC biologists are working with foresters to identify management practices that enhance critical habitat for species which have been in decline. Read more about this SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant project on TreeHugger.
Bettina Ring, SFI Board Member, to be Virginia's Next Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry
SFI Inc. congratulates SFI Board member Bettina Ring for her recent appointment by Gov. Ralph Northam as Virginia's Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry. Secretary Ring was most recently Virginia State Forester and has a long history in the conservation and forestry sectors including serving on the SFI Board since 2015. She spent 18 years at the Virginia Department of Forestry and in leadership roles working with the private and public sectors.
Laura Thompson, Ph.D named Girl Scouts of Maine's 2018 Woman of Distinction
Laura Thompson, Director of Sustainable Development and Policy Initiatives at Sappi (an SFI Program Participant), was named the 2018 Woman of Distinction by Girl Scouts of MaineShe was recognized at the Women of Distinction Gala, an annual event that celebrates women whose individual excellence and high levels of achievement distinguish them as outstanding members of their communities and exemplary role models for today's girls. Upon her recognition, Thompson expressed her hope she would be, "able to inspire girls to pursue activities and careers in STEM fields, and to think outside the box when it comes to which industries can fulfill those interests." Pat Maloney, Maine Project Learning Tree (PLT) State Coordinator with Maine TREE Foundation, attended the event. Maine TREE Foundation is the sponsor of SFI's PLT program in Maine and is actively working to connect Girl Scouts of Maine with PLT. For example, in April, Girl Scouts will participate with PLT in Earth Day sustainability activities at L.L.Bean in Freeport, ME.
PLT Leads Workshops, Promotes Integration of PLT into Local Curriculums
Every year, PLT's network trains approximately 20,000 educators through 1,200 workshops held around the country. In addition, PLT is a lead partner in the ee360 initiative, a five-year National Environmental Education Training Program awarded by the EPA Office of Environmental Education to a consortium of partners led by the North American Association for Environmental Education. Last year, participating states delivered an additional 168 workshops, reaching over 3,000 educators. These educators, in turn, reached an estimated 455,325 students. One example of this work is South Dakota Project Learning Tree's partnership with Pine Ridge Indian Reservation Head Start Program, and several universities to integrate PLT into their curriculum. 
SFI is Hosting the Fourth Conservation Impact Sounding Board Workshop on March 7-8
SFI will be hosting the fourth Conservation Impact Sounding Board Workshop on March 7- 8, 2018 in Washington, DC. The Sounding Board provides important guidance to SFI's Conservation Impact Project, a targeted research effort to evaluate, distill, and convey the conservation-related attributes of SFI's forest certification work. The Sounding Board is a diverse group of scientists and leaders from academia, public agencies, the non-profit conservation community, SFI Program Participants, and SFI leadership, who provide guidance to ensure credibility, relevancy, and transparency to the projects. With a continued focus on water, biodiversity, and climate change values, this meeting will provide an opportunity to review progress, shape future direction, and explore potential communication and outreach strategies. Interested partners, Program Participants, and brand owners are encouraged to attend. To learn more, or to be added to SFI's Sounding Board distribution list, please email Rocco Saracina, SFI Manager, Conservation Partnerships at rocco.saracina@sfiprogram.org.
Will We See You at GreenBiz 18?
SFI Inc. is a proud sponsor of GreenBiz 18 - the premier conference for sustainable business leaders - in Phoenix, February 6-8. If you're not yet registered, use our code GB18SP20 to receive 20% off your GreenBiz 18 registration.
Want to Join the SFI Team? 
SFI Inc. is currently hiring a Director of Development out of the Washington, DC office. The Director of Development is a new position at SFI. The Director will be responsible for planning, organizing, implementing, and evaluating all of PLT and SFI's environmental education, community engagement, and conservation fundraising, including grant writing, major gifts program, annual fund, planned giving, and capital campaigns. The Director will work closely with the CEO, the VP for Education and Community Engagement, the Chief Conservation Officer, the PLT staff, and the communications team members in all development and fundraising endeavors. SFI values diverse applicants. The full job description and requirements are available on the SFI website
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