Good For Forests2020-02-29T19:06:50-05:00

Forests Fight Community Health Crises in the Chicago Area

Did you know that kids in the United States and Canada spend more time inside than any previous generation? While the long-term effects of North American children’s “nature-deficit disorder” is still being researched, we know that time outdoors leads to healthier physical and mental development.

Restoration in Action: Communities for Healthy Forests Break Ground with SFI Grant Support

Forests do so much for us. They provide us clean air, filter our water, sustain an unbelievable breadth of plant and animal life, and offer an incredible sanctuary to recharge our spirits. They also provide us with the products that we use every day – wood for building homes and furniture, paper for packaging, rayon for clothing, and so much [...]

By |April 17th, 2014|Community, Conservation, Good For Forests, Partnerships|

White House Workshop Promotes Building with Wood

I had the great pleasure to participate in an exciting workshop yesterday hosted by the White House Rural Council and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The event touted the positive environmental and climate benefits of building with wood and also announced the launch of some great new initiatives from USDA. Participants at the workshop included architects, builders, designers, wood [...]

First SFI Award for North American Wood Design

I’m so very proud to be recognizing the use of wood certified to the SFI Standard in the beautiful construction of an extremely worthy project: the Canadian Cancer Society’s Kordyban Lodge Cancer Care Facility designed by NSDA Architects. “It’s an honour to receive this inaugural award and be recognized by both SFI and the Wood WORKS! BC program for NSDA’s [...]

By |March 7th, 2014|Good For Forests, Green Building, Uncategorized|

Conserving Our Future Forests Through Partnerships

Through my long career in forest conservation, I’ve observed that there are many “good things” that an organization can do to add value, “move the needle” forward on conservation results, and look to conserving our future forests. The real trick is figuring out the right things to do first. Photo Credit: American Forest Foundation Thankfully, there are innumerable organizations [...]

By |February 18th, 2014|Community, Conservation, Good For Forests|

Frigid in the Forests

It’s been an icy-cold week for most of North America, with many experiencing snowy scenes like this one. Joe Schwantes from Wisconsin shared this photo of his local forest last year. We’d love to see the winter wonderland in your backyard! Send a photo of your snowy forest (high-res please) to us at info@sfiprogram.org. We could feature your photo next! [...]

By |January 31st, 2014|Community, Good For Forests|

SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program seeks Proposals

At SFI, we understand that responsible forestry happens on the ground and in the community.  There are hundreds of communities across the U.S. and Canada that rely on healthy working forests – for clean water, jobs, forest products, ecosystem services, and to preserve their quality of life – and there are many organizations working on projects which promote these benefits.  [...]

By |January 23rd, 2014|Community, Conservation, Good For Forests|


Did you know, that under certain conditions, wolves can hear as far as six miles (9.6 km) away in the forest and ten miles (16 km) on the open tundra? They spend about 35% of their time traveling and often travel 20 – 30 miles (32 – 48 km) per day, but may cover over 100 miles (160 km) in a [...]

By |January 17th, 2014|Community, Corporate Social Responsibility, Good For Forests|

Second Standard Review Comment period open

This week we launched the second public comment period for the proposed SFI 2015-2021 Standard and the SFI Chain of Custody Standard. Our open, transparent review process is an essential component of the SFI Program, and we invite anyone interested in the future of our forests to take part and provide input. The draft SFI 2015-2021 Standard was developed under the direction of [...]

By |January 10th, 2014|Good For Forests|

Spread Holiday Cheer and Sustainable Forestry

As the holiday season gets into full swing, we’re happy to share our special SFI holiday e-card. Be sure to share it with others to spread a little holiday cheer and show your support for responsible forestry. And whether you’re buying cards, wrapping paper, or boxes, be sure to look for the SFI label to support healthy forests for years [...]

By |December 17th, 2013|Community, Good For Forests, Label|

Winter in the Woods

For some, the first snowfall has already come, but many of us are about to see the first flakes this week. Tom Haxby of Kingsley, Michigan submitted this picture of Pere Marquette State Forests covered thick in snow last winter. Although we’ll miss the beautiful colors of fall, we can’t help but love the festive holiday scenes of winter in [...]

By |November 29th, 2013|Community, Conservation, Good For Forests, Photos|

Minnesota Scouts to Race SFI Certified Pinewood Derby Race Cars

Scouting and sustainable forestry go hand in hand in northern Minnesota, thanks to the efforts of both SFI and Boy Scouts of America. This year, Cub Scouts in packs across northern Minnesota will receive free SFI Race Kits for use in their Pinewood Derby™. Packs will receive one “SFI Race Kit” for every registered Scout; the donation of these kits [...]

By |November 20th, 2013|Community, Good For Forests|

SFI Gears Up for Greenbuild 2013

Rock stars and world leaders will be among attendees at the 2013 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, which gets underway November 18 in Philadelphia. This year’s keynote is former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Bon Jovi will entertain attendees.  Established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Greenbuild brings together industry leaders and experts who are dedicated [...]

By |November 12th, 2013|Good For Forests, Green Building, Sustainability|

SFI Cards Spread Holiday Cheer and Support Responsible Forestry

I know, I know… it’s too early to be thinking about the Holidays already, we have just finished with Halloween. And I’m being one of ‘those people’ that keeps pushing the Holidays earlier and earlier this year – but this time I have good reason! I want to let you know that SFI Christmas Cards are now available. Why not [...]

By |November 4th, 2013|Good For Forests, Paper and Printing, Sustainability, Uncategorized|

Bats are more than just a spooky symbol of Halloween

It's that time of year again when people get into the Halloween spirit with spooky costumes and decorations. Bats, being one of the main symbols of Halloween, are often perceived as scary yet they are one of our most important mammals. They are also essential for maintaining healthy forests. This is why SFI provided a conservation grant to the Nature [...]

By |October 30th, 2013|Community, Conservation, Good For Forests|

Grab Some Popcorn & Watch Our 2013 Annual Conference Highlights Video

http://youtu.be/RAqSa6wl5WU Each year, our Annual Conference brings together thought-leaders from across the U.S. and Canada to share ideas, renew partnerships, and learn about developing trends, research and conservation in sustainable forestry. Each year, these leaders bring the conference to life with their passion for the future of our forests. This year’s conference in San Antonio was the biggest [...]

By |October 24th, 2013|Good For Forests, SFI conference|
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