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September 2018 Newsletter



Recent highlights from SFI
Happy National Forest Week, Canada!
This week Canada's forest sector is celebrating National Forest Week. From cleaning our water and air, to storing carbon, providing products from well-managed renewable resources, growing communities, and supporting families through employment opportunities - forests are the answer to so many of our local, national, and global challenges. Project Learning Tree Canada and SFI will be celebrating all that our forests do with content on our social media channels. Keep your eyes peeled for new resources, and our informative videos, articles, and graphics. Please join us in celebrating by sharing our posts, and sharing your own appreciation for our forests by using #NationalForestWeek!
The 2018 SFI Annual Conference is next month!
Will you join us in Colorado next month for discussions with thought leaders from the forest products sector? We will be welcoming a wide range of attendees, including CEOs of multinational companies, conservationists, community representatives, Indigenous leaders, forest managers, university faculty and students, government officials - and hopefully you too! We are sending updates weekly so check our site for more information about the agenda and registration.
SFI Launched Pilot of New Module with K'ó moks and Qualicum First Nations
The SFI Small-Scale Forest Management Module for Indigenous Peoples, Families, and Communities was launched with K'ómoks First Nation, Qualicum First Nation and leaders from TimberWest, and the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) at an event in Comox, British Columbia. A pilot of the module will be implemented on Rosewall Forest Tenure Holdings Ltd, which is a jointly managed working forest of K'ómoks First Nation and Qualicum First Nation. This new module is designed to reach smaller communities and elevate the benefits of well-managed forests through collaboration and conservation and it continues to fulfill SFI's commitment to building relationships with Indigenous communities. SFI's President and CEO, Kathy Abusow was interviewed on CBC Radio, about the event. Read the press release.
PLT's Energy in Ecosystems Wins Teachers' Choice Award
Project Learning Tree's (PLT)Energy in Ecosystems curriculum for grades 3-5 has won a Learning ® Magazine 2019 Teachers' Choice Award for the Classroom. The Learning Magazine Teachers' Choice Awards have heralded the very best in classroom-tested, teacher-recommended products for 25 years. Each year a nationwide panel of teacher-judges names the standouts in books, classroom supplies, educational games, software, websites, and supplemental materials that teachers need for their classroom. For the 2019 Awards for the Classroom, 27 winners, including well-known organizations like Scholastic and National Geographic, were chosen based on their scores on evaluations done by a panel of teachers across the U.S. PLT's Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood guide and CD was previously awarded a 2011 Teachers' Choice Award for the Classroom. Read more.
SFI and fRI Research, a non-profit forest research organization, have collaborated on a new study to establish best practices for planning cutblocks, or harvesting areas, with caribou conservation in mind. The research results will be translated into Canada-wide habitat models for forestry managers to implement in support of healthier caribou populations. The results will also build on caribou recovery collaborations between SFI and the Aseniwuche Winewak Nation, in west-central Alberta, raise public and corporate awareness, and advance knowledge in the global scientific community. To date, SFI has contributed $260,000 in grant funding to caribou research. When combined with partner contributions, the investment is nearly $2 million. Read more.
Call for Submissions: 2018 Wood Design & Building Awards
Are you, or someone you know, involved in a project that embodies the essence of innovative wood design? Submit your project to the 2018 Wood Design & Building Awards program! Awardees will have an opportunity to have their project(s) featured in various conferences, press releases, and highlighted in the Wood Design & Building award-winning and popularly circulated awards book and magazine. A hand-selected jury of prominent architects from Canada and the U.S. review each submission and choose the award winners based on considerations such as creativity, distinctive and appropriate use of wood materials, ability to satisfy clients' building and site requirements, and overall aesthetic appeal for the use and application of wood. Start your application today.
Reminder: Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant
The request for proposals for the 2018 SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program is open until October 9. SFI Conservation Grants focus on the connection between sustainable supply chains and the natural resource values we care about like water quality, biodiversity, species at risk, carbon sequestration and resiliency to climate change. SFI Community Grants bring communities and forests together to help shape a sustainable future. If you have any questions please email Rocco Saracina
Manager, Conservation Partnerships or call (202) 596-3459.


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