Forest sustainability is one of most important tools to ensure a healthy planet and shared global prosperity. Despite great need for future leaders in forest conservation, there are difficult barriers for many youth interested in pursuing related degrees. The Multicultural Apprenticeship Program (MAP) at Michigan State University (MSU) seeks to change that. The program gives underserved high school students hands-on exposure to careers in sustainable forestry. In partnership with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, MSU wants to share their success and grow the program.
By Robyn Bailey NestWatch Project Leader at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology You might have heard that more than 51 million people in the United States and Canada participate in birdwatching as a hobby, but you may be surprised to learn that nearly half of all private landowners provide at least one nest box (or “birdhouse”) on their property. The [...]
It seems that we live in a time of magnified environmental impacts. When I was a kid, we didn’t worry about recycling, or air pollution, or water pollution, or whether the wood in our dining table came from a sustainable source. But the world is a much smaller place these days. Now we understand that the seemingly negligible act of [...]
On April 19, 2016, so many of us were deeply saddened when we learned of the loss of our close friend and wonderful colleague, Rob Olszewski. We remember Rob for his passion for forests, his great big smile and his even bigger heart. Rob embodied the Greek proverb that says: "A society grows great when old men plant trees whose [...]
Guest blog: John M. Hagan III, President of Manomet and member of the SFI Board of Directors representing the environmental sector Tackling climate change is a critical global issue. Science tells us that every economic, social, and environmental value we hold dear will be affected if we can’t stabilize the climate by mid-century. Buildings account for close to 40% of [...]
Guest blog: Gene Kodama, South Carolina State Forester, National Association of State Foresters Forest Markets Committee, and Chair of the USDA Forestry Research Advisory Council My fellow State Foresters and I are committed to maintaining and expanding markets for the broad array of sustainable forest products produced in our nation’s well-managed working forests. Our ability to fulfill this mission has [...]
Indigenous Peoples across North America Welcome the Green Building Community with LEED Recognition of SFI
Guest blog: David Walkem, Chief of Cook’s Ferry Indian Band, near Merritt, British Columbia, President Stuwix Resources Joint Venture and member of the SFI Board of Directors representing the economic sector The SFI Forest Management Standard is used by dozens of Indigenous communities in Canada and the US to manage millions of acres of forest land. And that’s one of [...]
Guest bloggers: Republican Representative Gregg Harper of Mississippi and Democratic Representative Kurt Schrader of Oregon When it comes to the health of our nation’s forests and the communities that depend on them, we occupy common ground. Another thing we share is our respect for the U.S. Green Building Council’s decision to create a pathway for more U.S. forests to earn [...]
Guest blogger: Chuck Leavell, family forest owner and keyboardist for the Rolling Stones Creating a new pathway for family forest owners to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) points is some of the best news for forests that I’ve heard in a long, long time. The U.S. Green Building Council should be congratulated for recognizing forests certified to [...]
Guest blogger: Greg Siekaniec, CEO, Ducks Unlimited Canada and SFI Vice Chair At Ducks Unlimited Canada, our goal is to ensure abundant wetlands, waterfowl, and associated wildlife for generations to come while also improving Canadian lives. Our conservation efforts focus on a wide landscape because waterfowl and other birds are migratory. We do important conservation work in the boreal forest [...]
Guest blog by: Doyle R. Simons, President and CEO, Weyerhaeuser Company The U.S. Green Building Council’s decision to recognize the SFI Standards is good news for forests and great news for green building. Opening another sustainable path for earning Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) credits means people who want to build with sustainably sourced wood products now have [...]
Guest blogger: Bob Matters, Chair, United Steelworkers-Wood Council and SFI board member representing the social sector I have been a rank and file International Woodworkers of America woodworker and now Steelworkers member since the age of 18 when I was hired at a lumber and planer mill in British Columbia. My almost 40-year career has seen a lot of changes. [...]
Hallelujah! Forest Certification Recognized in LEED for Its Role in Promoting Legal, Responsible and Certified Sources
The entire forest community is celebrating some huge news. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has created a pathway for forests certified to SFI to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) credits through a new pilot Alternative Compliance Path (ACP) credit that is designed to further advance environmentally responsible forest management and help rid our buildings of [...]
When I was a kid tromping through the Pennsylvania woods with my uncles, I knew instinctively when I was in a forest. To me, the leafy shroud of hardwoods on those rugged hillsides made it self-evident. But it was only many years later that my studies in forestry, and later ecology and conservation biology, taught me that a “forest” is [...]
Most people understand that the widespread use of fossil fuels contributes to the presence of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. What a lot of people don’t realize is that we are also surrounded by millions of highly efficient, natural “machines” that work to counterbalance this effect… trees! Photo courtesy of The Conservation Fund The Conservation Fund’s Go [...]
I can’t clearly remember what I was doing 20 years ago. I’d like to think that I was exploring the local forest, as eight-year-old boys do… turning over a log in search of a salamander, though likely finding a far less interesting leopard slug. Around that same time, SFI’s founders were embarking on a far more important exploration: sustainable forest [...]
Rob Olszewski Memorial Education Fund
If you are interested in making a contribution to the Rob Olszewski Memorial Education Fund, you can either:
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