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July 2013 Newsletter



A monthly newsletter to keep you informed.
2013 Progress Report
On June 20, SFI issued their annual Progress Report. This year's report, Writing the Next Chapter highlights significant growth across key performance indicators.


Since 2007, forests certified to the SFI Standard have grown by 100 million acres to 240 million acres today. Total chain-of-custody certified locations grew from 500 in 2007 to more than 2,500 and SFI certified sourcing certificates have grown to 245 over the same period. Also, SFI received on-product label requests for more than 6,000 wood, paper and packaging products in 2012, up from only 50 for the entire year in 2007.


Look for the hardcopy in the mail later this month and order more copies here.

ReEnergy Achieves SFI Certification

ReEnergy Holdings recently announced that it has achieved certification to the SFI Standard. ReEnergy is the first company solely devoted to electricity production to be certified to the SFI Standard.


ReEnergy Holdings owns and operates power facilities that use forest-derived woody biomass and other wood waste residues to produce renewable energy.  "We look forward to working with SFI to broaden the practice of sustainable forestry with our fuel suppliers," said Larry Richardson, Chief Executive Officer of ReEnergy Holdings.

CEU Update
The SFI Continuing Education Credit (CEU) with McGraw Hill continues to show very strong activity: in just one month our curriculum has been viewed by more than 20,000 people and almost 500 architects, design and building professionals have completed the test! View the Sustainable Building with SFI Certified Wood CEU and take the online test here.  
Bird Life Congress
SFI's Andrew de Vries attended the recent Birdlife International World Congress in Ottawa June 19-22. The event was co-hosted by Bird Studies Canada, Nature Canada and BirdLife International. Both SFI and Ducks Unlimited Canada were Bronze level sponsors of the event attended by more than 600 participants from 120 countries around the world, including representatives from Canadian and other governments, corporations and NGOs. SFI sponsored a workshop on citizen science which helps inform data gathering by representatives of the public. Amongst the many valuable presentations at the conference, we learned about e-Bird, a tools which allows scientists and citizens alike to submit data to help the conservation of birds.
Thank You and Best Wishes

On June 30, we officially said goodbye to John Helms and Fred Cubbage as they completed serving on SFI's External Review Panel.


Dr. Fred Cubbage is Professor, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, North Carolina State University. He was elected to the External Review Panel in 2006. Prior to that, he served on the SFI Resources Committee. Fred has had a distinguished career as a forester, forest researcher and professor. He is widely recognized as an expert on forest policy and southeastern forest management, and has served on a variety of prestigious national and international panels. He is the author or co-author of over 350 publications.

Dr. John Helms is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley. He was elected to the External Review Panel in 2007. He is the author of 115 technical papers on forestry topics, including the 1979 text Principles of Silviculture. His international experience includes service in Sweden, Germany, Australia, Siberia, Switzerland and China. He has been active with the Society of American Foresters, serving as President in 2005, and has been a frequent witness before Congress on topics of forest health, reforestation after wildfires and the impact of climate change on forests.
Both brought deep experience and expertise to the Panel, as well as a very diverse geographic knowledge of North American and International conditions, and both had intensively studied certification issues. We thank them for their years of service. 
SFI Implementation Committees

The Michigan SIC and partners implemented a BMP monitoring program and have released their completed report that contains some great nuggets regarding certification, SFI and logger training. The report was written by Dr. Larry Pederson, a retired Michigan DNR employee, and was carried out by a group of Michigan state partners and the SIC.


Read the full report and other reports showing improvement in best management practices on our SIC page 


Let's begin this story at the starting gate. Last winter, Haverinen Brothers Logging of Menahga, Minnesota, harvested wood from the Boy Scout-owned Camp Wilderness certified Tree Farm located near Park Rapids.


The story came full circle on June 20, as part of Minnesota SIC's "Trees to Track" project, when the Scouts returned to Camp Wilderness to plant 400 maple trees that will eventually become a sugar bush for future generations to enjoy. Read more.

SFI & Scout Jamborees
2013 National Scout Jamboree (U.S.)

SFI will be participating in the upcoming Scouts Jamboree July 15-24 in West Virginia. Staff and volunteers from local SICs will help staff an exhibit during the 10-day period. SFI is participating in the conservation challenge, where boy scouts can earn a patch. SFI will also conduct two activities where scouts can earn a neckerchief slide.

Scout Jamboree 2013 (Canada)
SFI and the Western Canada SIC purchased and then donated 4800 pieces of 2"x2"x8' SFI certified lumber to help build mobile Kitchen Shelters at the Canadian Scouts Jamboree happening now July 6-13 in Sylvan Lake - Alberta. SFI donated cedar custom made paddles which will be presented, today July 10th at their sponsorship appreciation dinner.
Join Us at the 2013 Annual Conference
This is the year to be at the 2013 SFI Annual Conference, September 17-19 in San Antonio, Texas! With a great line-up of speakers, the first workshop discussion on the 2015-2019 Standard Revision Process, and a lot of southern charm, this is the conference participants will be talking about. Register Now to get the early bird rate, and start dusting off those cowboy boots!  

For more information, visit the 2013 Annual Conference website


For more information about how your organization can sponsor this year's conference and deliver your message directly to the SFI community, contact Amy Doty  (202.596.3458).


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