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November 2012 Newsletter

 
SFI Program Update: 
November 2012

SFI at the Inauguration

SFI has something to be excited about on inauguration day. President Barack Obama will be sworn into office on Jan. 21 in front of the U.S. Capitol on a platform made from Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) lumber, certified to SFI.  SPI has supplied wood from one of their Washington state mills for the past three inauguration platforms. SFI is proud that responsibly sourced wood has a role in this important occasion! 

SFI Helps Preserve Pacific Northwest Bird Habitat


SFI Senior Director of Conservation Partnerships, Eli Weissman, reports that the American Bird Conservancy has completed and published its Ponderosa Pine Cavity-Nesting Bird Guide.  SFI helped fund this critically important guide through our Conservation & Community Partnerships Grant Program. It will provide land managers in ponderosa pine habitats with information on bird species status, distribution, density, habitat relationships, and potential responses to habitat management or restoration activities. This information will be used to make decisions that support bird conservation in the context of protection and management of the threatened ponderosa pine ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest.

RGS Completes SFI Grant Project

 

The Wisconsin Coverts Project recently completed the 2012 woodland wildlife management program for private landowners in the Great Lakes region. The project was funded in part by a $30,000 grant to The Ruffed Grouse Society through SFI's Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program.

 

SFI's funding began in 2010 and supported numerous workshops and presentations in the Great Lakes region on wildlife & invasive species management, forest certification, and field tours of family forest landowners' property.  As a result of the grant, difficult-to-reach, non-industrial private landowners were targeted and received professional level training and education on forest management and certification to better manage their property. "This project is in keeping with SFI's key objectives to broaden the practice of sustainable forestry by forest landowners by supporting landowner outreach, training and education," said SFI President and CEO Kathy Abusow. Other project partners included the University of Wisconsin - Extension, the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, and SFI program participant Louisiana-Pacific US.

SFI CEO Addresses PEFC General Assembly

 

SFI President and CEO Kathy Abusow was in Vienna, Austria in November to address delegates at the annual General Assembly of the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). PEFC invited Kathy to speak at its Stakeholder Dialogue on: Strengthening the Link: Sustainable Biomass & Forest Certification. Kathy's presentation focused on the benefits of SFI's fiber sourcing. 

 

The General Assembly is an opportunity for all PEFC National Governing Body representatives to meet, collaborate and vote on PEFC issues. Kathy chairs PEFC US. 

SFI at GreenBuild 2012 


Danny Karch, National Director Market Access & Green Building and Jason Metnick, Senior Director, Market Access and Product Labeling, recently represented SFI at the world's largest conference and expo for building industry professionals. GreenBuild 2012 was held in San Francisco Nov 14th to 16th at the Moscone Center. More than 35,000 people attended this year's annual event which also boasted over 1,000 exhibitors, including SFI. "This event is always an excellent opportunity for SFI to network with representatives from all aspects of the building industry from architects and code officials, to educators, engineers, government agencies and green power providers, to name just a few of the professionals who stopped by the SFI booth," Karch says. He and Metnick say throughout the conference they heard strong support expressed in favor of broadening the LEED wood credit to include all credible certification programs, including SFI. 

Weigh-in Before LEED Public Comment Period Closes! 

 

 

 

The USGBC will close its 5th public comment period on LEED v.4 on December 10. SFI has found the forest certification language effectively excludes SFI and other forest certification standards from this LEED credit, in turn disadvantaging our forests, our communities, our jobs and our conservation efforts.  Join the 105 Governors and Members of Congress who have already urged USGBC/LEED to support wood use and all credible forest certification  standards including SFI.

 

 

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Issue Date: November 28, 2012
 

 

 

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