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July 2017 Newsletter


Recent highlights from SFI
Project Learning Tree and SFI Join Forces to Expand Youth Environmental Education Programs
SFI is the new home of PLT, an award-winning environmental education program that uses trees and forests as windows on the world to increase youth understanding of the environment and actions they can take to conserve it. PLT's integration into SFI provides an opportunity for the program to expand its reach and impact. SFI's role as a sustainability leader will be bolstered by PLT's expertise in education, an increasing focus in SFI's community engagement work. Read more in the press release.
SFI Implementation Committee Spotlight
Washington SFI Implementation Committee Teams Up with UW School of Architecture
The Washington SFI Implementation Committee is sponsoring a sustainable wood studio in partnership with the University of Washington School of Architecture. The sponsorship will allow architecture students to get experience with wood products and structures. Originally the studio was intended to be theoretical, where students would build models on the computer and small mini models to show in class. Thanks to the collaboration with the WA SFI Implementation Committee, students were able to use lumber products to build models that were showcased on campus. The event highlighted three life size structures that provided a place for students to have a quiet, meaningful place to relax and study. The UW School of Architecture and the WA SFI Implementation Committee anticipate their partnership will expand to include the UW School of the Environment, and incorporate sustainable forest and mill tours in order to help students understand the full cycle from seedling to product. It will also help them better understand the source of their wood, what SFI and sustainability means, and the importance of their purchasing decisions.  
Pacific Northwest and Lake States Sign Multi-State Logger Training Reciprocity Agreement
The SFI Implementation Committees of the Pacific Northwest recently reaffirmed their long standing commitment to logger training and reciprocity. SFI Implementation Committees from California, the Central Rockies, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington were all signatories to an interstate MOU and recognition of qualified logger training programs. This MOU allows each state to recognize each other's logger training programs in meeting SFI Standard requirements.
2017 Boy Scouts National Jamboree
SFI staff provided support for the 2017 Boy Scouts National Jamboree, held at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia. The SFI display booth represented a stop on the "Conservation Trail", providing an opportunity to highlight the use and meaning of the SFI label across a range of products. Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has consistently applied the label and used certified content in a range of BSA publications, and underscored its importance in the Sustainability Merit Badge handbook. Well over 1,000 scouts and leaders visited the SFI booth over the course of several days. The Summit Bechtel Reserve itself is among several properties totaling over 100,000 acres managed by BSA, and certified to the SFI Forest Management Standards. A highlight of the visit included presentation of a plaque of appreciation to SFI by leadership at BSA. To share our support with a broader audience, we published a piece called 5 things you didn't know about a Boy Scout Jamboree in TreeHugger. 
Request for Proposal - 2017 SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative will soon open the Request For Proposals (RFP) for the 2017 SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program. Applications for the program will be accepted from eligible entities beginning on Monday, August 7, 2017, through Tuesday, October 10. Requirements for this year's program will be available on the SFI website starting August 7. SFI Conservation Grants focus on the connection between sustainable supply chains and the natural resource values we care about like water quality, biodiversity, species at risk, carbon sequestration and resiliency to climate change. SFI Community Grants bring communities and forests together to help shape a sustainable future. If you have any questions, or would like to be included in the RFP notification, please contact Rocco Saracina, Manager, Conservation Partnerships at rocco.saracina@sfiprogram.org or (202) 596-3459.
SFI Launches 22nd Annual Progress Report - Forests. A Way of Life
SFI has officially launched the 2017 Progress Report - Forests. A Way of Life. The report is now available for download in English or FrenchThis 18-month calendar shows how the important work of sustainable forest management is a year-round endeavor. It also illustrates how our well-managed forests provide conservation, community and economic benefits that improve the lives of millions of people. 
SFI Conservation Impact Sounding Board
SFI held the third meeting of the Sounding Board, a group of experts that provide guidance to SFI on "Conservation Impact" projects intended to build understanding of conservation attributes of SFI's work relative to biodiversity, water and climate change. Participants represented leaders in conservation science and academia, including NatureServe, US Forest Service, Canadian Forest Service, GreenBlue, the Sustainability Consortium, American Bird Conservancy, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Ducks Unlimited Canada, the Conservation Fund, University of Georgia, Virginia Tech, University of Alberta and many others. In addition to reviewing overall program direction and conservation metric development, an important outcome of this meeting was a heightened focus on communicating results through the supply chain and to other interested stakeholders. The next meeting is expected in February 2018. Anyone interested in additional information about this work, or in being included in future meetings, should reach out to Rocco Saracina at rocco.saracina@sfiprogram.org or (202) 596-3459.
Project Learning Tree Highlights
Project Learning Tree Launches New Curriculum 
Treemendous Science! for K-2, Energy in Ecosystems for grades 3-5, and Carbon & Climate for grades 6-8. These new units are available online to educators across the country, just in time to plan for the upcoming school year. 
Online Training: A New Twist on PLT's Model
Almost everyone who attends a Project Learning Tree in-person workshop praises theexperience. Now, in continual efforts to innovate based on educator needs, PLT offers online professional development for its new curriculum.
PLT GreenSchools Honored at U.S. Dept of ED Green Ribbon Awards Ceremony
Nine of Project Learning Tree's GreenSchools and one school district were among the 45 schools, 9 school districts, and 9 institutions of higher education recognized this year as U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools. SFI staff attended the ceremony in Washington, DC last Wednesday to congratulate the students, teachers, and school administrators for their dedication to environmental education and healthy, sustainable schools.
PLT GreenSchool Honored with President's Environmental Youth Award
Students in Falls Church, VA, will receive the 2016 President's Environmental Youth Award for grade levels 6-12 for their work with healthy and sustainable farming practices. This U.S. EPA national award is presented each year to exceptional students who demonstrate creativity, innovation, and leadership in conducting an environmental stewardship and community service project. Through hydroponics and aquaculture projects, George Mason High School students are contributing fresh lettuce and in the future, fresh fish to their high school cafeteria.
Opinion: First Nations and Forestry: A Growing Collaboration
In a June Vancouver Sun Op-Ed, Capacity Forest Management's President, Corby Lamb, explored the role that sustainable forest management plays in empowering First Nations. While forestry remains one of British Columbia's most important industries, real change continues as the forest sector is developing new approaches to forest management, land use and First Nations relationships. These approaches will position British Columbia for the future, strengthening bonds of trust and transparency with First Nations. A key to this success is ensuring First Nations forest operations are certified by a rigorous, independent certification standard such as the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, which helps ensure the environmental, social and economic values of forests are protected.
Kathy Abusow and Nadine Block Interviewed in Leadership Nature Podcasts
SFI President & CEO, Kathy Abusow, and COO and Senior VP, Public Affairs, Nadine Block, recently lent their voices and insights to the Leadership Nature Podcast series. Listen as Abusow explains how demonstrating leadership is an important element of success, and Block discusses diversity in forestry and the challenges women face in the professional world.
Listening to the Forest & Reflecting on the Meaning of Sustainability
Paul Trianosky, Chief Conservation Officer, SFI, meditates on the importance of listening to the forest in a blog post about a field visit to North Carolina. Read Paul's post to learn more about how SFI Program Participants are working with biologists to better understand and improve habitat for at-risk bird species.

Rocco Saracina, Manager of Conservation Partnerships, SFI, recently attended the 41st Annual Intertribal Timber Council Timber Symposium. He wrote about his visit to the Yakama Nation's land in Yakima, Washington, and ponders the various components of sustainability.  
Sweet Celebration for Canada's 150th Year - Maple Syrup from Certified Forests Hits the Shelves
Stone Maple Farms syrup is the first forest product not made of timber to be certified to the SFI chain-of-custody standard. This means that it was sourced from a forest that is managed responsibly, meeting strict requirements for water and air quality, biodiversity, preservation of wildlife habitat and more. Read more about the SFI Certified maple syrup on TreeHugger.
Where to Find SFI this Summer
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July 23 - 29
National 4-H Forestry Invitational
July 30 - August 3
For the third year in a row, SFI is sponsoring and attending the National Conservation Foundation Envirothon. Envirothon is North America's largest high school environmental competition with more than 50,000 students from over 4,000 public and private schools from across the continent participating each year. This year's event will take place in Emmitsburg, Maryland.  SFI is sponsoring the National 4-H Forestry Invitational. Each year since 1980, teams of 4-H student foresters meet in West Virginia to learn about the forest and forest systems. The event raises awareness about sustainable forest management and provides a valuable experience for future forest leaders. The National 4-H Forestry Invitational was also a previous recipient of an SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant.
2017 SFI Annual Conference Registration Open
The SFI Annual Conference is a must attend event if you want to be part of the conversation about the vital importance of our forests! Our sessions feature a diverse range of thought leaders and influencers. The draft agenda is now available here. Celebrated in conjunction with Canada's 150th anniversary, our sessions tie directly to North American and global discussions on the future of the forest sector.  In addition, we'll host joint sessions on Thursday, Sept. 28 with the Canadian Institute of Forestry's conference attendees, to celebrate and discuss forestry in Canada.
This year's conference theme - Forests. A Way of Life. - highlights how we all depend on forests whether we are harvesting professionals, landowners, forest managers, producers, customers, Indigenous peoples, conservation and community partners, academics, or individuals using forests for recreation.
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