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November 2013 Newsletter

 

SFI IN BRIEF        

A monthly newsletter to keep you informed.
 

Did You Hear the News? 

On Oct. 25, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) issued a recommendation to the U.S. Department of Energy that federal agencies have the option to use either USGBC's LEED rating tools or Green Building Initiative's Green Globes (which includes SFI) when choosing a third-party green building certification system.

 

On Nov. 4, The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) released a statement that promotes the expansion of forest certification across the supply chain. The statement marked a significant step towards the growing trend of recognizing all credible forest certification programs as a proof point for responsible forestry.

 

The WBCSD statement specifically "recognizes and supports the assurance of management performance and fiber flows provided by the following independent forest certification and associated chain-of-custody systems: the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®), the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®)."

SFI Standard Revision Workshop in DC Draws Representatives of Public Agencies and Conservation Organizations
SFI held a standard revision workshop on November 6 in Washington, DC, at the offices of Resources for the Future. Participants included representatives of the US Forest Service, World Resources Institute, World Wildlife Fund, American Forest Foundation, Enviva, and Arkay Packaging. The workshop featured remarks by Robin Morgan with the US Forest Service and Chair of the SFI External Review Panel (ERP), and Steve Koehn, State Forester of Maryland and Member of the SFI Board of Directors. SFI staff highlighted changes being considered for the next version of the standard, and participants weighed in on topics such as bioenergy, biodiversity, reaching small landowners, and opportunities for modules 
 
Nine more workshops are scheduled for 2014. To learn more visit our website and to register for one of these workshops, click here
You Know It's Huntin' and Fishin' Season When...
Here's a look at some SFI folk having fun and getting into the SFI spirit. What have you built with SFI products? Send along your SFI projects to monika.gurzenski@sfiprogram.org and we'll give you a shout out!! 
Maine SIC Shack
Want to build an ice shack in under 2 mins? Pat Sirois (Maine SIC Chair) and his daughter show you how - boogie to the tunes and watch the video
 
Enter the raffle for a chance to win the fish-friend shack built with SFI certified sourcing material.  All proceeds will be used to upgrade snowmobile stream crossings to improve fish passage - a project that earned Maine the SIC award at this years SFI Annual Conference. 
SFI Hunt Blind
SFI's own Danny Karch, christened their newly constructed hunting/fishing blind with the SFI label. Both the plywood and lumber are from SFI certified program participants, Louisiana Pacific and Resolute.
 
Lumber........................................$37.00
Plywood.....................................$133.00
Recovered Material.........................$0.00
Getting excited about a hunt blind......                                                  PRICELESS!! 
Heads Up: 2014 SFI Grant Process
SFI's Conservation and Community Grants program will open its Requests for Proposals in the first weeks of 2014, with a deadline of submission later in February.  Proposed projects may relate to a range of conservation activities, or community-based projects, which involve SFI program participants. Please check the SFI website in the New Year for specific details and submission instructions, or you may request being placed on an email list to receive a reminder when the grant process opens. 
For more information, please contact:
United States - Paul Trianosky at paul.trianosky@sfiprogram.org
Canada - Andrew de Vries at andrew.devries@sfiprogram.org
Time to go Shopping at the SFI Store
 
Order SFI Christmas Cards
A reminder that SFI Holiday Cards are available to order. Get them now and receive them by Thanksgiving. With 7 designs to choose from, you can mix and match and order as many or as little of each design that you like.
SFI Apparel
Make holiday shopping easy by ordering your SFI apparel now. Mens and women's polos available in green, black and white (sizes S-2XL). Also choose from the RealTree camouflage SFI hat or the dark green SFI hat. 
SFI Featured on National TV

A new public television show, Built-to-Last, features an interview with SFI's Danny Karch about choosing responsibly sourced wood for its Green Home episode. The show is produced by Lakeshore PTV and is available on more than 50 public television stations across the U.S. who begin airing the episode in early 2014. Get a sneak peak here (at the 21:45 minute mark) and stay tuned for the national broadcast. 

Poor Tweety Bird
What a cat-astrophe: A study by the Canadian government and partners detailing the cause of avian deaths in that country has found that cats are the No. 1 killers of the nation's birds. Cats, domestic and feral, kill an estimated 76 million to 416 million birds annually and account for more than 70% of bird mortality. Other industries and transportation account for approximately 19%. Forestry is estimated to cause 0.5 to 2% of bird mortalities. SFI has proudly partnered with bird conservation organizations in Canada and the U.S. to help address bird conservation concerns.
Stakeholders Address Sustainability in Wood Pellet Trade

Over 60 experts and stakeholders representing conservation organizations, government agencies, universities, and the forest and renewable energy industries in nine different countries gathered in Savannah, Georgia, October 23-24, for a workshop that examined the international trade in wood pellets between the U.S. and Europe and furthered the understanding of how forest fiber can be responsibly sourced. The workshop was organized by the Pinchot Institute for Conservation and the International Energy Agency (IEA) Bioenergy Tasks 40 and 43. Support was provided by IEA Bioenergy, PEFC, E.ON, Georgia Forestry Commission, Weyerhaeuser, MeadWestvaco Foundation, Plum Creek, and by SFI through its Conservation and Community Partnerships grant program.

 

The workshop explored the potential application of sustainability criteria being developed by European governments to U.S. forests. Participants toured industrial timberlands certified to SFI's Forest Management standard, a non-industrial family forest, and the Georgia Biomass LLC pellet mill.

 

A summary report from the workshop will be available in early December and will identify opportunities for aligning U.S. forestry systems and European Union sustainability criteria. Presentations and other event materials can be found at pinchot.org/pellet. The project team will also use feedback gathered at the workshop to provide recommendations to SFI's Standard Revision process.

SFI Featured in Pellet Mill Magazine Article
The Q3 issue of Pellet Mill Magazine included an article, "Reaching for Sustainability", by Chris Hanson, which focused on pellet producers needing to provide proof to their European customers that responsible forest management practices are being followed.  The article featured extensive coverage of the SFI program, including the standard, the auditing process, and the relevance for wood pellet producers in meeting European requirements.
In Memoriam - Peter Miller
On Sept. 24th, Peter Miller, NewPage Corporation's Luke Mill Wood Department Administration Supervisor, passed away from a yearlong fight with cancer.  Pete served as the Maryland/Delaware SFI Implementation Committee chairman, and past chairman of the Maryland/Delaware Master Logger Steering Committee. A certified Professional Forester and member of the Society of American Foresters, Pete was past president of the Maryland Forest Association.  Our deepest condolences to his wife Karin, son Daniel and entire extended family during this time of loss.  Expressions of sympathy may be directed to the American Cancer Society or to the American Red Cross.
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