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March 2017 Newsletter


A newsletter to keep you informed.

Black Butte Ranch Wins SFI Wood Works! Award
This year, the SFI Certified Wood Award, part of the North American Wood Design and Building Awards program, was presented to Hacker, Portland-based architects, for their innovative and beautiful work on the Black Butte Ranch near Sisters, Oregon. Hacker was presented with the award at the Wood WORKS! BC Wood Design Awards in Vancouver on March 6. The new lakeside complex, complete with Sierra Pacific windows and other wood features certified to the SFI Standard, replaces the well-worn main pool facility and revives the heart of the ranch.
Complete Your Survey
SFI released the SFI Progress Report Survey and SFI Market Survey this past January. If your company is certified to one of the SFI Standards, we encourage you to share your insights and stories which will to help demonstrate the value, relevance and credibility of the SFI Standard. The deadline is March 31, 2017
All organizations with an SFI certificate should have received an email with information to access the survey. Please contact rachel.dierolf@sfiprogram.org if you did not receive the invitation, have any questions or concerns, or if you would like to extend an invitation to access the survey to any of your colleagues.
International Day of Forests: Plug In to Nature's Powerhouse 
On the International Day of Forests, March 21, TreeHugger highlighted several ways you could celebrate forests--on the holiday and every day. The theme of this year's International Day of Forests was forests and energy. Healthy, thriving forests, such as those certified to SFI standard, provide the wood we need today without sacrificing the needs of the future.
International Women's Day - Use Your Voice for Good!
On International Women's Day, Nature Canada featured an article about Kathy Abusow, CEO and President of SFI, written by Dawn Carr, Executive Director of the Canadian Parks Council. The article documents a dialogue between the two Women for Nature members, and discusses Abusow's energetic and deeply personal approach to sustainability. 
SFI Sponsors Habitat for Humanity Canada Build
Paul Leblanc of LP, and the Central Canada SIC, and Trent Hreno of Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) represented SFI and their respective organizations at Habitat for Humanity Canada's (HFHC) Manitoba's Key Ceremony on March 10 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. SFI was a major sponsor of the build through a contribution to HFHC's Indigenous Housing Program and SFI, LP and DUC participated in the build last summer. The first time homeowners and their young daughter began moving into their house right after the ceremony.
New SFI Activity Book for Kids
A new education tool is available at the SFI Store: A crayon-ready 16-page activity book printed on paper certified to SFI. Use it to educate children about the importance of sustainable forestry and share your love of forests with the next generation. 

Order the new activity book. The first 10 copies are free, using coupon code "SFIBOOK" (one time use only). Additional copies are $2/book. Bulk discounts are available. Shipping charges apply.

Need it digitally, or in French? Go here to download and print your copy for free.

Black Family Land Trust Receives SFI Grant
A profile of Ebonie Alexander and her organization, the Black Family Land Trust (BFLT), a 2017 SFI Conservation and Community Partnership Grant recipient, was published on TreeHugger. The BFLT program is designed to help African-American forestland owners in southern Virginia retain and manage land assets to benefit families and subsequent generations. The SFI grant will enable BFLT to conduct outreach and work directly with families who could benefit from the program.
SFI Shows Leadership on Sustainability with New Conservation Grant Partnerships Spanning North America
SFI announced five conservation grants on February 27, which represent a diverse range of interests from 37 organizations to support research that directly influences future forests. This year's grants focus on the connection between sustainable supply chains and natural resource values we all care about - like climate change, biodiversity and species at risk. The grants were awarded through SFI's Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program, which is dedicated to improving conservation of forests and strengthening the communities that depend on them.
SFI Implementation Committee Spotlight
This month, the SFI Implementation Committees have been busy expanding their partnerships and communicating the importance of responsible forestry and working forests to their communities. 

The Georgia SFI Implementation Committee, in partnership with HL Strategy, the Georgia Forestry Association and Georgia Forestry Commission published the Georgia Forestry MagazineIt was printed and distributed to thousands of forest landowners, forestry-related businesses and forestry enthusiasts. The magazine is focused on telling the story of Georgia's working forests and forest product industries. 

The Vermont SFI Implementation Committee held their annual legislative breakfast and reception on March 17. They use the opportunity to help improve awareness and understanding among state Representatives and Senators about the important role working forests, and the people who work in them, play in sustaining Vermont's rural economy, environment, character and culture.

The Wisconsin SFI Implementation Committee has provided generous funding to Trees for Tomorrow, 
an accredited natural resources specialty school in Eagle River, Wisconsin. Executive Director Robin Ginner recently recognized the SIC in the program's monthly Tree Tips newsletter.

The Western Canadian SFI Implementation Committee has recently signed an MoU with NatureServe Canada to enhance cooperation between Program Participants in Western Canada and NatureServe Canada. Program Participants throughout North America use NatureServe to help guide conservation actions. 

The Central Canada SFI Implementation Committee has launched a Facebook page to use a digital presence to promote and foster understanding of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and encourage the implementation of sustainable forestry practices to wood suppliers, landowners and the public.
2017 SFI Annual Conference Registration Open

The SFI Annual Conference brings together thought leaders and influencers from the forest products industry, conservation and community partners, tribal and indigenous leaders as well as some of the most engaged forest product customers in North America. This year's conference theme - Forests. A Way of Life - will highlight how we all depend on forests whether we are harvesting professionals, landowners, producers, customers, Indigenous peoples or individuals using forests for recreation. We'll discuss topics of relevance to the Canadian, American and International forest sectors, so come to the 2017 SFI Annual Conference in Ottawa, Ontario and help us celebrate Canada's National Forest Week and Canada's 150th anniversary.

Register before August 9 to take advantage of our registration and housing discounts. 

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