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May 2017 Newsletter


Recent highlights from SFI

SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard Recognized as Verification Mechanism for PEFC Chain of Custody Certification
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Fiber Sourcing Standard was recently recognized by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) as a tool that meets PEFC requirements for the avoidance of controversial sources in the PEFC Chain of Custody standard. The SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard not only provides the avoidance of risk from controversial sources, it also sets mandatory practice requirements for the responsible procurement of all fiber sourced directly from the forest, whether the forest is certified or not. The fiber sourcing requirements include measures to broaden the practice of biodiversity, use forestry best management practices (BMPs) to protect water quality, provide outreach to small family forest owners, and use trained harvesting professionals. In addition to PEFC, many other global organizations have recognized the SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard for avoiding controversial sources in the supply chain. This is part of a growing trend to look across the supply chain for assurances of legal and responsible procurement.

Gordy Mouw comes to SFI with over 13 years of experience in forest certification. He led certification efforts that implemented chain-of-custody, fiber sourcing and forest management certifications at LP, Stora Enso, NewPage and Verso. Gordy has served on 11 different SFI Implementation Committees (SICs) throughout the lake states, east coast and southeast. Gordy's experience will be a huge asset in leveraging SICs and demonstrating value for SFI Program Participants. Gordy is a graduate of Michigan Technological University's School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science.     
Teaching our Youth about Sustainable Forestry
Forests Ontario's Forestry Connects program hosted a group of students in May in Kenora, Ontario. Forestry Connects allows high school aged kids from urban and rural regions to get out and witness the natural beauty of forests, and to learn about the economic, social and environmental opportunities forests provide for communities. Forestry Connects is a recipient of a SFI Conservation and Community Partnership GrantA key component of SFI's community engagement is educating youth to ensure they can be effective future leaders with a strong understanding of the value of responsibly managed forests. SFI achieves this through supporting a variety of youth-based initiatives and organizations that connect youth to nature including but not limited to Project Learning Tree, Scouts Canada, Boyscouts of America, Envirothon and the Forestry Connects program. 
Managed Forests are a Powerful Tool for Coping with Climate Change
Manomet is launching The Forest Climate Resiliency Project to better assess forest health and resilience to climate change and to share this approach with a broad range of forest owners and managers. The project will augment forest monitoring to better track how climate is changing and how forests are responding. Eric Walberg, Senior Program Leader for the Climate Services Program at Manomet, says forests in the western U.S. and Canada provide examples of how climate change and forest management decisions interact. With support from an SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant, four locations in the Northeast and Southeast U.S. will be selected for three years of study. Project partners include four SFI Program Participants: Hancock Timber Resource Group, Lyme Timber Company, LandVest and Resource Management Service, which will each host a study site. In addition, the Maine SFI Implementation Committee will serve as a resource in structuring and reviewing the work. 
Dobbs Logging Wins 2017 Minnesota Logger of the Year
The Minnesota Sustainable Forestry Initiative Implementation Committee recently named Dobbs Logging of Littlefork, MN as its 2017 Logger of the Year during the Minnesota Logger Education Program conference in Bemidji. "Dobbs Logging is a significant economic driver in northern Minnesota," said Jason Evans, chair of the Minnesota SIC. "Since its establishment in 1947 by Elmer Dobbs, this professional logging company annually produces large volumes of timber, contributing to the success of the International Falls-based Packaging Corporation of America/Boise pulp and paper mill."
2016 Minnesota Logger of the Year Goes on to Win FRA's 2017 National Outstanding Logger
Last year, the Minnesota SFI Implementation Committee named Hasbargen Logging Inc. the 2016 Minnesota Logger of the year. This year, the company has gone on to win the 2017 National Outstanding Logger award at the Forest Resources Association's (FRA) annual meeting in Charleston, SC on May 3. FRA Chairman Bill Johnson presented Kit Hasbargen with a wooden plaque, while STIHL Inc.'s Kent Hall presented Hasbargen Logging with a $1,000 check. The Hasbargens asked the cash award be donated to the Log-a-Load for Kids fund to benefit Gillette Children's Hospital in St. Paul. Hasbargen Logging was one of six regional finalists for the prestigious national award. 
SmartLam is First U.S. CLT Manufacturer to Earn SFI Chain-of-Custody Certification
SmartLam, LLC, is the first U.S. manufacturer of cross-laminated timber (CLT) to be certified to the SFI 2015-2019 Chain-of-Custody Standard. Advances in technology are producing more engineered-wood products and mass-timber products that increase the capabilities of building with wood. CLT is the next-generation of engineered wood products. SFI's Chain-of-Custody Standard helps companies address the growing demand from governments, customers and consumers for responsibly sourced forest products. SmartLam produces CLT for a variety of applications, including floor, roof and wall systems at its Columbia Falls facility in Northwest Montana and is part of a global movement to use wood in tall buildings. 
History of Sustainable Forestry
The Louisiana SFI Implementation Committee recently contributed to an exhibit on the history of sustainable forestry at the Southern Forest Heritage Museum in Longleaf, LA. The museum is devoting a significant portion of the office and carriage house of Henry Hardtner, an early sustainable forestry pioneer, to the exhibit. In addition, Jim Barnett, a retired USDA Forest Service Scientist, is writing an early history of sustainable forestry in the South. The Southern Forest Heritage Museum is on the site of a preserved southern pine sawmill dating from the first half of the 20th century.
Thinking Outside the Brunch on Mother's Day
On Mother's Day, TreeHugger featured a guide on how to celebrate both your mother and Mother Earth with SFI. The article encouraged readers to look for the SFI label on greeting cards and to hike, picnic, bird watch or relax in responsibly managed forests certified to the SFI Standard. Today, 285 million acres/115 million hectares of forests are certified to the SFI Standard, and 98% is open to the public for recreation.
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. 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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