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June 2014 Newsletter



A monthly newsletter to keep you informed.
SICs Engaging Youth in Forest Activities

A new educational event was held to teach Mississippi State University (MSU) architecture students about the benefits of building with wood. On Earth Day, twenty-five MSU students were taken on a tour of a certified Tree Farm and an SFI program participating sawmill. The tour focused on teaching students about the strength properties and sustainability of wood. The Mississippi Forestry Association, the MSU College of Forest Resources, and the Mississippi SFI Implementation Committee will continue to work together on upcoming tours to ensure that the benefits of building with wood are being taught to our future architects. 


A new partnership between the Pennsylvania SFI Implementation Committee (PA SIC) and Central Mountain High School in Mill Hall, PA allows students enrolled in the school's Natural Resources Management Program to participate at no cost in the state's premier logger training program. This spring marked the first class of students completing the requirements for the PA Professional Timber Harvester Training Program, administered by the PA SIC. This is the same training that professional loggers are required to complete. The training program emphasizes safety, environmental conservation and professionalism.

Spring is here and Girl Guides across the country are knee deep in water making sure that ducks have a safe place to lay their eggs thanks to a joint project with SFI Inc. and Ducks Unlimited Canada, twenty-three Girl Guides of Canada groups spent the last few weeks building 60 "duck nest boxes" from wood certified to the SFI standard. The boxes are wooden elongated bird houses, mimicking the cavities found in dead trees, and hung in trees or on posts near marshes, streams and any place where ducks are nesting. And now that they are complete, it's time for them to be installed.

SFI Community Grants - helping people get outside and reconnect with nature

Migratory bird season is upon us once again, which means that millions of birds are currently flocking to forests all over the country. Coinciding with this major movement is the culmination of a series of dynamic projects joining bird enthusiasts and biologists to gather information that will help manage and conserve bird habitats in working forests.


With support from SFI, Bird Studies Canada and its partners are developing a series of Breeding Bird Atlases or detailed maps for hundreds of breeding bird species showing where they breed within a particular region as well as a host of other information. George Finney (President of Bird Studies Canada) and Kathy Abusow (President & CEO of SFI Inc.) pose for a photo at North America's longest running bird banding location - the Long Point Bird Observatory in Port Rowan, Ontario in May 2014.

SFI recently announced that the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities was awarded a grant to support African American forestland owners.

Loss of ownership and asset value by African American forestland owners in the U.S. South has reached a critical level and traditional approaches to engaging them on forestland preservation have fallen short. In order to mitigate this loss, the Endowment, USDA Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service have established pilot projects in Alabama, North Carolina and South Carolina to assist landowners in working with trusted partners within their own communities. The SFI grant will help extend that work through emphasizing the potential of certification to open additional market opportunities.

Florida SIC and Project Learning Tree - Educating University Students on Responsible Forest Management

An SFI Community Grant awarded in 2013 to the Florida SFI Implementation Committee just finished up in April of this year. Florida SIC held numerous Project Learning Tree (PLT) workshops teaching university students about responsible forest management and the SFI Program. These PLT workshops, provided to pre-service university students, are a valuable endeavor in reaching Florida youth and shaping the future forests. 

For just the second time in history, a forestry company has become a member of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB). Thanks in part to a strategic partnership formed between SFI and CCAB. As Western Canada's largest private timber and land-management company, TimberWest is proud to continue its commitment to forming valuable partnerships with Aboriginal business and communities. 
Register for the SFI Annual Conference in Montreal!

Join us at the 2014 Annual SFI Conference - where key influencers shaping future forests from Canada's Boreal to the U.S. South and globally will be sharing their thoughts and ideas.


Register now or visit our Conference website for registration details, travel information and more.



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