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May 2015 Newsletter



A monthly newsletter to keep you informed.
SFI in the News
Top 10 ways well-managed forests and SFI make a world of difference
In recognition of Earth Day earlier this month, we're pleased to share with you an article posted on TreeHugger that takes a walk through many of the ways responsible forestry and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative make a World of Difference.
A Legacy Worth Reflecting On: Heirs Property Preservation for African Americans in the U.S. South
Read about one of SFI's Conservation Grants with the U.S. Endowment for Forests and Communities to encourage sustainable forestry as a generational land retention strategy for minority landowners in the U.S. Southeast.
Are our kids out of the woods? Help them go 'screen-free.'
This week is "ScreenFree" week. We're taking the opportunity to share with the world all the great SFI initiatives that get kids to switch from screen time to tree time with this article.
4 New Board Members
SFI is pleased to announce that four leaders have been elected to the independent Board of Directors. Joining the board are Mary Klein, President and CEO, NatureServe; Guy Gleysteen, Senior VP, Time Inc.; Bettina Ring, State Forester, Virginia; and Steve Bullard, Dean, Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, Stephen F. Austin State University.


"We are so pleased to welcome Mary, Guy, Bettina, and Steve. As a conservationist, a brand manager, a state forester and an academic, their respective experience in the environmental, public and private sectors will be an important asset to our diverse SFI Board," said Kathy Abusow, President and CEO "They will help SFI further enhance the vital link between healthy forests, responsible purchasing, and sustainable communities."
2015 SFI Annual Conference Registration is OPEN
Register now to be a part of SFI Inc.'s 20th anniversary celebration with some of the foremost thought leaders in the forest sector as we celebrate the SFI program's successes over the past 20 years, embrace the opportunities of the future and learn how together we are Growing the Future. We expect over 300 attendees - big enough to matter but still the right scale to establish real connections.


Learn more and register at www.sficonference.org.  


NASF Report and Interactive Map on State Water BMPs
An important study and interactive map was released by the National Association for State Foresters (NASF). NASF completed a multi-year effort analyzing state-managed forestry best management practices (BMPs) for water quality, using data submitted by all 50 states. The research confirms that BMP programs are effective and working as intended to protect water quality. 

The report highlights important linkages between BMP implementation and forest certification programs such as SFI.
  Read more in NASF's press release, announcing the report and an interactive map detailing practices in each state. The project was funded by NASF, the USDA Forest Service, and the SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program.
PEFC Partners' relief efforts in Nepal
Most of you have heard about the catastrophic earthquake in Nepal, that has taken more than 7500 lives. Residents and volunteers are now working to deliver emergency relief efforts to the communities that need help. 
To help mobilize their efforts and contribute in some way to the situation, PEFC has set up an online giving account, on behalf of their partners, to procure and distribute tents, blankets, food - basic necessities that millions of people now need. 
SFI Inc. will be making a donation supporting our colleagues in Nepal. If you'd like to make a contribution to our partners' efforts you can donate here
Maine SIC Spotlight
Pine Tree Camp is a summer camp for Maine children and adults with disabilities that gives them a chance to enjoy Maine's outdoors. Located on 285-acres, this special place transforms the lives of more than 600 Mainers each summer, click on the video to see how.
Six months ago, Pat Sirois, invited Erin Rice, Marketing and Development Director of Pine Tree Society to attend an SFI Implementation Committee meeting to share Pine Tree Camp's vision for the future and explore how the organization might be able to get involved.


The feedback was overwhelmingly positive. SFI members including Huber Engineered Woods, Seven Islands, Pleasant River Lumber, Robbins Lumber and Viking Lumber made substantial generous donation of materials. So far, that support has totaled more than $55,000 in addition to the support for the cabins that are currently under construction.


"Maine's SFI Committee is thrilled to be able to play a part in supporting the camp and the individuals who attend. SFI members have learned that PTC is a long standing member of the forestry community with their own working woodlot, certified to the American Tree Farm System," said Sirois.
Communities for Healthy Forests
One of our conservation grantees, Communities for Healthy Forests (CHF), hosted a forest restoration tree planting event on April 9th. Participants included CHF, SFI, Douglas County, Society of American Foresters, Swanson Group & Roseburg Forest Products & Roseburg Public Schools. About 100 5th grade students from Fir Grove School and Sunnyslope School participated in the tree planting in the second annual kids and restoration efforts for the Douglas Complex fire area. 
Minnesota SFI Logger of the Year: Greg Cook
The Minnesota SFI Implementation Committee recently named Greg Cook Logging of Bigfork as the 2015 Logger of the Year.


"Greg Cook Logging exemplifies the significant and unique contribution the state's timber harvesters provide Minnesota's economy, wildlife and healthy forests" Tim O'Hara, vice president of forest policy with Minnesota Forest Industries, said in a release.


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