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July-August 2012

SFI Program Update: 
July/August 2012

2012 Conservation Grants Focus on Water Resources


Water resources across North America will benefit from SFI's 2012 Conservation and Community Partnerships Grants. Project leaders include the National Association of State Foresters, the World Resources Institute, the Forest Ecosystem Science Co-operative Inc. (Forest Co-op), the University of Tennessee  Forest Resources Research and Education Center, and the South Carolina Forestry Foundation. Some of the projects will study and improve best management practices; others will raise knowledge and awareness about working forests, water resources and the value of certification. 

Senators Want Federal Government to Accept SFI and ATFS


U.S. Senators Max Baucus (MT) and David Vitter (LA) want a federal evaluation of green building certification standards to recognize SFI and the American Tree Farm System (ATFS). Their letter to the departments involved says: "The federal government should adopt a certification system that promotes the use of any and all responsibly produced domestic wood products, such as those certified by SFI and ATFS." In May, eight members of Congress sent a bipartisan letter urging the U.S. Green Building Council to accept all credible forest certification standards under the LEED rating system. SFI wrote an open letter setting out the top 10 reasons why LEED rating tools should accept all forest certification programs for its certified wood credit. 

Green Building Embracing All Certification Standards 

GreenBuilding Don White, President of Prentiss & Carlisle, says the Maine government's  Executive Order requiring that new or expanded state buildings incorporate green building standards accepting all certification standards is "an effort to show that wood is a good - a renewable - resource that people ought to pay attention to." In a recent Mainebiz article, White says his forest management company is considering certifying lands to SFI. Bill Beardsley, Commissioner of the Maine Department of Conservation, says LEED's sole recognition of the Forest Stewardship Council is a "form of constrained trade that had very little to do with what is most environmentally friendly. We believe in free markets, and we'll limit [state projects] to wood supplies that are certified, but we won't say it's the one standard that's the favorite of one forest owner or environmental group."

Developing Future Leaders 


The 33rd annual National 4-H Forestry Invitational in West Virginia last week brought back fond memories for SFI's Rick Cantrell, keynote speaker at the event. The winning state was Tennessee - and when it won in 1993, he was one of the team's coaches. "This is the second year SFI has sponsored the 4-H Forestry Invitational," Cantrell says. "These young people are our future leaders, and it's a great way to prepare them so they will be able to make informed decisions about our forests."

Showing Architects Responsible Forest Management



Virginia is the most recent SFI Implementation Committee to participate in a  sustainable forestry tour for architects, builders and engineers. The committee co-hosted the event with the Virginia Forestry Association, the state Tree Farm Committee and the Virginia Department of Forestry. "Architects hear so much about the environmental benefits of building with wood," says Committee Chair Jim Fretz. "They are more likely to use wood from forests certified to SFI or Tree Farm if they can see what it looks like on the ground." Most green building rating tools - including ANSI/ICC 700-2008: National Green Building Standard, ANSI-GBI 01-2010 Green Building Assessment Protocol and Built Green Canada - offer credits for wood certified to credible programs such as SFI.


More than 24,000 people have viewed SFI's green building Continuing Education unit to date. The educational unit, titled Certified Wood Branches Out: Forest Certification's Evolving Role in Green Building Rating System is available online through Architectural Record, GreenSource Magazine and other McGraw Hill building industry publications. Haven't seen it yet? Read it here.

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SFI Donates Trees to Scouts Canada
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On Canada Day (July 1), Scouts Canada planted six eastern white pine trees at its Haliburton Scout Reserve as part of Scouts Canada Adventure 2012. The trees were gifts from SFI to commemorate its partnership with Scouts Canada. SFI also donated certified wood to build rafts and an obstacle course at the Scouts 5,000-acre (2,000-hectare) reserve north of Toronto. 

Working with Boy Scouts

James Kuykendall, Southern MD/VA District Manager for Glatfelter Pulp Wood Company, has been working with a local Boy Scout troop for seven years. He had just started a Forestry Merit Badge group when he heard that SFI has signed a Memorandum of Mutual Support with the Boy Scouts of America so he took a photo of the scouts with an SFI table top display.


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Faster. Higher. Stronger. Greener.



By certifying all of its wood to PEFC and the Forest Stewardship Council, the London 2012 Olympic Park has become the  first dual certification project in the world. Alun Watkins, head of PEFC in the United Kingdom says the Olympic Delivery Authority is to be congratulated for choosing to source only certified timber. "This demonstrates a strong commitment to responsible timber procurement which will help to make London 2012 one of the most successful and greenest games ever," he says. The SFI Standard has been endorsed  by PEFC.

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Issue Date: August 1, 2012



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