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March 2013 Newsletter

SFI Program Update: March 2013

This month we spotlight a wonderful project executed by the Georgia SFI Implementation Committee where people are promoting sustainable forestry through education, tangible projects and press coverage. 

Georgia SIC and Local Area Habitat for Humanity Incorporate Sustainable Forestry in New Home


The Jones family planted an oak in their new yard on February 15th, during a Georgia Forestry Commission Arbor Day event.


In partnership with the Macon Area Habitat for Humanity affiliate, the Georgia SFI Implementation Committee and other partners broke ground, while highlighting the forestry and sustainable timber management cycle from harvest to mill to home building to reforestationThis ambitious project demonstrates the sustainability of Georgia's abundant and well-managed forests and highlights SFI-certified products in the building and furnishing of the Habitat home.  


Barry Graden, SFI's Director of Southeast U.S. Community Outreach who was on hand at the tree planting ceremony stated,  "On behalf of the Washington DC-based Sustainable Forestry Initiative, I want to acknowledge and thank our many partners here today who have come together on this project to support healthy, productive forests and strong communities.  To the Jones family, may this tree provide you with cool shade for many years, and together with the forests in and around our communities, sustainably provide the products we all need, as well as clean air, clean water, wildlife habitat, and recreation for generations to come."


The Jones family's home will be dedicated in late spring.  


For more information, visit Georgia's SIC website


Last Chance to Urge USGBC for Inclusive Policy
The USGBC has opened its 6th and final public comment period of LEED v4  from March 1 - 31, 2013. This is your last chance to urge USGBC to include all recognized forest certification standards including SFI, American Tree Farm System, Canadian Standards Association and the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes. Please share broadly with your key stakeholders, customers and business partners to ensure USGBC says "YES" to healthy working forests. For more information, visit SFI's Green Building web page or contact 
EUTR - New Illegal Logging Rules


A new law aimed at preventing illegally harvested timber has taken effect in Europe and presents an opportunity for SFI Program Participants and Chain of Custody holders. The European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR) took effect March 3 and prohibits illegally harvested timber or products derived from such timber to be brought into the European Union, by placing new requirements on companies that import forest products. The EUTR is expected to drive increased market interest in forest certification as the simplest and most credible tool currently available for demonstrating legality and minimizing risk. Forest certification is referenced in the EUTR and supporting regulations and guidance as a potential tool for risk assessment and mitigation.


For more information on EUTR and illegal logging, see our fact sheet, Addressing EUTR Requirements through SFI Certification."

SFI Grant Program Requests for Proposals


On Feb. 6, SFI  announced the 2013 Request for Proposals for the SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program. In 2013, SFI will award over $400,000 for projects supporting sustainable forestry. Learn more about our pledgeSFI is accepting applications through March 18. 

SFI to Honor Motlow Legacy

SFI will honor former board member Ms. Mary Motlow who passed away in December and was a long-standing supporter of sustainable forestry. Representing the family forest landowner community, she was a tireless supporter of the SFI program and served six years on the SFI Board including four years as Secretary-Treasurer.  Ms. Motlow was the Vice President and COO of the Cumberland Springs Land Company, a family-owned forest and agricultural company engaged in sustainable forestry practices, agri-business and wildlife management located in Lynchburg, Tennessee.  She also was a certified tree farmer since 1990, achieved Master Logger certification in 2001 and was an active member of the Tennessee Forestry Association and the Tennessee SFI Implementation Committee. 



Welcome Andrew! 


Andrew de Vries has joined SFI as our new Vice President, Conservation, Indigenous and Government Relations and will oversee the SFI conservation program in Canada and engage Native Americans, First Nations and Metis groups in the development and use of the SFI Standard. A wildlife biologist, Andrew has many years of experience leading conservation and aboriginal engagement efforts and working with government and environmental organizations throughout Canada.


He can be reached at andrew.devries@sfiprogram.org 


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Upcoming Tradeshows
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  • Chicago, IL.
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Wildlife Management Institute's 

North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference  

  • March 25-30
  • Arlington, VA
  • SFI is a bronze sponsor & exhibitor


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Issue Date: March 13, 2013


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