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March 2018 Newsletter



Recent highlights from SFI
Every year, World Water Day and International Day of Forests fall in the same week. Well-managed forests conserve sources of clean water and SFI celebrated this connection in two TreeHugger stories, What on Earth are you doing ... for World Water Day? and What on Earth are you doing ... for the International Day of Forests?
SFI Standards Are Working for Water Quality in Georgia
The SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard has a positive influence on millions of acres of noncertified forestland by mandating the adoption of best management practices (BMPs) for water quality and other key environmental considerations. With support from an SFI Conservation Grant, researchers at the University of Georgia's Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources are investigating the impact of the SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard on Georgia's forestry BMP implementation rates and also identifying the perceptions of stakeholder groups about forestry BMPs in Georgia.
The preliminary results suggest that average BMP implementation rates are higher on harvested sites located within a 40-mile/64-kilometre radius of mills certified to the SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard. This suggests that the SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard is helping to ensure the conservation of water quality in Georgia's rivers, streams, and lakes. The results showed statistical significance and seemed to increase where sourcing areas of mills certified to SFI overlap. Findings from this research will support the SFI Conservation Impact Project, which quantifies the critical conservation values associated with well-managed forests in the areas of water quality, carbon sequestration, and biodiversity.
SFI Conservation and Community Partnership Grants Program Announces 2018 Grantees
SFI awarded 18 grants to support community engagement and collaboration among 102 organizations spanning the U.S. and Canada for a variety of initiatives, including youth outreach and forest education programs. This year, SFI is also supporting projects through a special SFI Community Engagement Fund. The goal of this new fund is to help support the work of SFI Implementation Committees in a more direct way. 

SFI also awarded five conservation grants that will advance our shared understanding of the conservation benefits associated with well-managed forests across the U.S. and Canada. These grants feature collaboration between SFI and a diverse range of partners and experts from 45 organizations to advance SFI's groundbreaking Conservation Impact Project.

SFI Community Partnership Grant Helps "Get Georgia Reading"
On March 5, children's author Carmen Agra Deedy, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, and First Lady Sandra Deal unveiled The Forever Tree - a book coming out in Fall 2018 about the life of a loblolly pine that finds immortality as a children's book. A room full of educators and kindergartners were at the Read Across Georgia Month kickoff in the capitol rotunda. It included a reading from the author and remarks from Paul Trianosky, SFI's Chief Conservation Officer. The Get Georgia Reading Campaign will provide every public elementary school library in the state with a copy of the book, which will be printed on paper certified to SFI and sourced from Georgia thanks to a new partnership with the Georgia Forestry Foundation and SFI, through support from the SFI Conservation and Community Grants program. Read more.
SFI Hosts Meeting to Discuss Conservation Impact
SFI brought 50 conservation leaders together at its fourth SFI Conservation Impact Sounding Board Workshop on March 7-8 in Washington, D.C. The workshop provided an opportunity for scientists and conservationists to work together to advance understanding of conservation values of sustainably managed forests. Attendees included representatives from academic institutions, research organizations, conservation NGOs, and SFI Program Participants. SFI believes that measuring "Conservation Impact" is important to better understand and quantify the contribution of sustainably managed forests to conservation outcomes. This builds understanding among conservation stakeholders, elevates the value of SFI programs with brand owners, and provides opportunities for SFI to continually improve the SFI Forest Management Standard.
Project Learning Tree Highlights
Sweet! Students Build a Sugar House from Wood They Sourced Responsibly
Students in the Forestry and Natural Resources Program at Stafford Technical Center in Rutland, Vermont worked alongside professionals to build a sugar house - a small building where maple sap is boiled to make maple syrup. The students did everything from studying forest health and sourcing the timber, to learning forestry skills and creating the structure. The building provides a hands-on workspace for Stafford students, as well as local high school students, to learn about the cultural, scientific, economic, and ecological aspects of maple syrup production in Vermont. The sugar house project was funded by Project Learning Tree Vermont. Read more.
PLT Attends NSTA National Conference 
PLT attended the National Science Teachers Association conference in Atlanta, GA, on March 15-18, to show teachers the new e-units and to introduce them to PLT for teaching STEM outdoors. Dr. Kris Irwin, Georgia PLT Co-coordinator with the University of Georgia, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources supported the event. During the conference Alma Tallaksen, science teacher at Lawrenceville Elementary, Lawrenceville, GA, remarked - "If you would like to get professional development that you would use all of the time, Project Learning Tree is for you! The knowledge, resources, and friends you will meet will last a lifetime!"
Complete Your Survey
SFI released the SFI Progress Report Survey and SFI Market Survey in 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, 2018.
All organizations with an SFI certificate should have received an email with information to access the survey. Please contact SFIReporting@sfiprogram.org if you did not receive the invitation, have any questions or concerns, or if you would like to extend a survey access invitation to any of your colleagues.
2018 SFI Annual Conference Registration is Open

When it comes to providing supply chain assurances, producing conservation outcomes, and supporting education and community engagement - Forests are the Answer. The 2018 SFI Annual Conference will engage you in a discussion focused on why Forests are the Answer to so many of our conservation, community, and supply chain challenges. 

Come to the 2018 SFI Annual Conference to learn more and engage with the SFI community. 
Register before August 31 to take advantage of our registration and housing discounts.
Where to Find SFI Next
SFI staff is always on the road, speaking at conferences and exhibiting at shows. Want to say hello? Meet us at these upcoming events:
SFI will be sponsoring and exhibiting at the COFI Convention, in Prince George, BC, April 4-6. Come by Booth 23 to meet SFI staff, including Jessica Kaknevicius, Director, Education and Indigenous Relations; Fiona McDonald, Manager, Communications; and Zac Wagman, Manager, Green Jobs and Market Outreach. 
Paul Trianosky, SFI's Chief Conservation Officer, will be speaking at the Innovation Forum's "How business can tackle deforestation" event in Washington, D.C., April 18-19. He will be speaking on "How is pre-competitive collaboration contributing to zero deforestation targets?" with Dr. Healy Hamilton, Chief Scientist at NatureServe, and Laura Thompson, Director, Sustainable Development and Policy Initiatives at Sappi North America. 
SFI will be sponsoring and exhibiting at the Sustainable Packaging Coalition's SPC Impact conference in San Francisco, CA, April 24-26. Jason Metnick, SFI's Senior VP, Customer Affairs, will be in attendance and staffing the booth.  
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