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November 2017 Newsletter


Recent highlights from SFI
Send Christmas and Holiday Greetings with the Gift of Sustainability
SFI's 2017 Christmas and holiday card designs are ready to order and customize on our holiday card portal. With new cover images designed in the style of our 2017 Progress Report, send your Christmas and season's greetings in English or in French on card stock certified to SFI. This year you may also customize the inside of your cards with popular holiday phrases and your company's logo. Buy in bulk and save big: cards cost US$0.53 to US$1.20 per card, based on order volume (minimum 250 card order for custom). Envelopes included. Order now.  

Please reach out to Amanda Suntag at amanda.suntag@sfiprogram.org or 202-596-3470 with any questions about ordering.
Michael Doss Joins SFI Board, Further Strengthening SFI's Commitment to Sustainability Leadership
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. is pleased to announce the election of Michael P. Doss to the SFI Board of Directors. Doss is President and CEO of Graphic Packaging Holding Company. His election strengthens SFI's position as a sustainability leader focused on future forests. Graphic Packaging became an SFI Program Participant in 2004 and its commitment to sustainability aligns well with SFI's work on elevating conservation values, engaging communities, and supporting environmental education.
Arkansas State Forest Earns Certification to the SFI Forest Management Standard
SFI is pleased to announce that Poison Springs State Forest, the Arkansas state forest managed by the Agriculture Department's Forestry Commission, has earned certification to the SFI 2015-2019 Forest Management Standard through a rigorous third-party audit. Certifying to SFI sends a strong signal about Arkansas' commitment to sustainable forest management, conservation, and economic opportunity for its citizens. The forest covers over 23,500 acres and the Arkansas Forestry Commission manages it for multiple uses. The forest got its name from a nearby spring and it was the site of a Civil War battle of the same name. 
Women for Nature Focuses on Diversity, 
Broad Engagement
Kathy Abusow, President and CEO of SFI Inc., and a founding member of Women for Nature, recently wrote an op-ed in the The Hill Times. The op-ed covers how Nature Canada's Women for Nature initiative raises awareness of Canada's wealth of biodiversity and the importance of connecting youth to nature while being a symbol of diversity. Following Nature Canada's vision, Women for Nature brings together women of influence from a wide range of backgrounds who demonstrate their passion for nature and for driving change. Diversity is a crucial part of the concept. At SFI's recent annual conference, Inger Andersen, Director General of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, became the 151st Women for Nature, which gives this initiative global reach and connection. As a sustainability leader dedicated to the future of our forests, SFI focuses on well-managed forests, and how they clean our water, sequester carbon, and conserve biodiversity. SFI is also strongly focused on community engagement and, in particular, elevating environmental education for youth through Project Learning Tree. It's about diversity and about the strength that comes with it - diversity and strength not just for a community or an enterprise, but for all of nature.
PLT Builds on Partnerships
PLT staff and coordinators at the Land Trust Alliance Rally
SFI and Project Learning Tree (PLT) staff have been busy connecting with partners. Staff were special guests at the Arbor Day Foundation's annual Partners in Community Forest Conference in Tulsa, Nov. 13-15. PLT introduced Arbor Day to our new Oklahoma PLT Coordinator Joseph McFeeters and a number of outstanding local PLT GreenSchools. PLT co-presented and hosted an exhibit booth at the Wildlife Habitat Council Conservation Conference in Baltimore, Nov. 8-9 in partnership with Eastman, a global materials and additives company. Eastman owns and operates a nature center in Longview, Texas, which provides PLT programming direct to school-aged children. PLT and SFI hosted an exhibit at the Land Trust Alliance Rally in Denver, Oct. 26-28. PLT coordinators from Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, and California spent time demonstrating how PLT lessons could be used for education on land trusts around the U.S.
Giving Thanks for Four Decades of Protecting Turkeys
A recent TreeHugger article discussed the important link between wild turkey conservation and sustainably managed forests. In 1973, there were only about 1.5 million wild turkeys in all of North America. Over the last four decades, NWTF staff, volunteers, and partners have helped the wild turkey population grow to a high of nearly seven million. SFI is a natural partner for the NWTF and the two groups have a memorandum of mutual support. Programs of common interest include conservation education for youth through the NWTF Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship (JAKES) program, Families Afield Initiative, Boy Scouts of America, and Project Learning Tree. 
Society of American Foresters Convention
SFI was well represented across conservation and student engagement efforts at the Society of American Foresters (SAF) Convention on November 15-19. Rocco Saracina, SFI's Manager of Conservation Partnerships, is the Chair of the National Capital Chapter of SAF, and participated in the National SAF leadership meetings. Rocco also served on SAF's Diversity Ambassador Student Scholarship Committee, helping to plan the program, select scholars, and serve as a student mentor. SFI sponsored the SAF Scholarship which supported 15 students from seven universities. Additionally, both Rocco and Paul Trianosky, SFI's Chief Conservation Officer, presented at the conference. Paul presented on SFI's work on Landscape-scale conservation with a talk entitled, "Forests of the Future - Exploring the Evolution of Landscape-Scale Conservation in Working Forests." 
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