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Good For Forests2019-03-25T01:19:46-04:00

What Lives in Your Forest?

Responsible forest management supports harvesting timber, as well as promoting wildlife habitats and animal populations. Managed forests also protect water quality for fish and other freshwater plants and animals while providing recreational opportunities for the public. That’s why the SFI Standard incorporates wildlife habitat protection, support for biodiversity, and water quality protection amongst the many other requirements in the SFI [...]

By |September 13th, 2013|Conservation, Good For Forests, Photos|

3 Questions for Kathy from Timberline Newsletter

Kathy recently sat down with Timberline to answer their top five questions on certified wood and how their customers can use sustainable materials in their projects. Here are a few of the questions: TL: How does wood certified to the SFI standard fit into green building programs? Abusow: Building materials have a huge impact on the environment. Wood from [...]

By |September 9th, 2013|Certification, Good For Forests, Green Building|

An Important Summer for Bird Conservation

The summer of 2013 has been very important for bird conservation.  In June our partners at Bird Studies Canada  helped co-host, with Nature Canada and BirdLife International, the Birdlife World Congress with conservation leaders from over 120 countries.  The event, “Partnerships for Nature & People”  showcased leading work from around the globe on bird conservation- including work on maintaining the [...]

By |September 6th, 2013|Conservation, Good For Forests, Photos|

Back-to-School Shopping: Helping Consumers Make Responsible Decisions

By Hal Rahn, President, Norcom Inc.Are you busy with back-to-school shopping in your household? If so, you will be interested to learn that at Norcom, we have implemented a variety of sustainability programs to help us focus on and measure the impacts of the paper-based school and office products we offer. While most consumers don’t necessarily have the time to sort [...]

By |September 3rd, 2013|Good For Forests, Label, Sustainability|

Last Days of Summer

Walking through the shade of a forest on a sunny afternoon to explore all it has to offer—what better way to spend a summer day? Phil Riebel from New Brunswick, Canada submitted this incredible photo of an Acadian forest and we thought it was the perfect way to take in the last few days of summer. So get out there [...]

By |August 30th, 2013|Community, Good For Forests, Photos|

National Geographic Educates Importance of Forest Certification

Hans Wegner, Chief Sustainability OfficerNational Geographic SocietyEarlier this month I had an opportunity to speak at The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) Global Sustainability Summit in Seattle, WA.  Over 400 sustainability leaders in the food, beverage and grocery industry attended the event.  The Global Summit brought together leading experts to address sustainability topics such [...]

Fostering Stronger Forest Communities

Jordan Benner captured this photo of students learning the art of tree estimating during the yearly Envirothon competition in Rediscovery Forest, Silverton, Oregon. Tree estimating is when you calculate the height of the tree by either comparing the tree´s height with a measurable object, or by using goniometry. It’s a great example of communities engaging in educational activities that protect [...]

By |August 23rd, 2013|Community, Conservation, Good For Forests, Photos|

One Month Until Texas: Join us at our Annual Conference

Curtis Wheat from Waxachachie, Texas submitted this great picture highlighting the biodiversity of Texas. We had to share and give a shout out to Texas this week as we get ready for our Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX. September 17-29 we will be collaborating and sharing on topics for every part of the forestry community and every market—from product [...]

By |August 16th, 2013|Good For Forests, Photos, SFI conference|

Celebrating the Family Tree Farmer

Minnesota tree farmer Dave Medvecky is known for having an uncanny knack for match-making his trees to their final market purpose, be it a specialty woodworked object or a more typical product. He picks out unique tree parts for everything from turning bowls to lumber for flooring and paneling, using ingenuity to create the most value for his family’s Tree [...]

By |August 13th, 2013|Certification, Community, Good For Forests|

Happy Birthday Smokey Bear!

Today is Smokey Bear’s 69th birthday and everyone at SFI couldn’t be more grateful for his work in protecting the forests. We recently got to spend a little time with Smokey at the Boy Scout Jamboree, and here he is with his friend Woodsy Owl on their way to meet the Boy Scouts. So thank you Smokey for all you’ve [...]

By |August 9th, 2013|Conservation, Good For Forests, Photos|

From Evergreens to Redwoods, We’re Spreading Sustainability

We love this beautiful perspective of Redwoods from Lisa Hauser in Big Sur, CA. It’s photos like this that remind everyone how precious our forests are. That’s one of the many reasons we work in communities across North America to promote sustainable forestry and responsible purchasing of forest and paper products. Ninety percent of the world's forests are not certified [...]

By |August 2nd, 2013|Certification, Good For Forests, Photos, Sustainability|

Together, We Are Writing the Next Chapter

Last week the printer delivered hard copies of our 2013 Annual Progress Report, Writing the Next Chapter, that all our stakeholders should see soon in the mail. Even as we look forward to sustainable forestry’s next chapter with the launch of our 18-month Standard Revision process, the progress report represents a great opportunity for us to take stock of the [...]

By |July 29th, 2013|Certification, Community, Conservation, Good For Forests|

Protecting Maine’s Treasured Forests and Fish

Pat Sirois, Maine SFI Implementation Committee Maine is renowned for its abundant fish and forest resources. The state has 90 percent of the remaining brook trout habitat in the lower 48 states, and has more privately-owned certified forestland than any other state, including seven million acres certified to the SFI standard. With forests and fisheries so closely intertwined, Maine’s SFI [...]

Promoting Sustainable Forestry to the Next Generation

It’s been a great week at the Boy Scouts of America’s 2013 National Jamboree, where SFI is helping thousands of the 35,000 scouts, leaders and family members attending to learn more about sustainable forestry and responsible purchasing of forest products. Held at The Summit Bechtel Reserve, a beautiful new high-adventure scout camp near Beckley, West Virginia, the Jamboree includes zip [...]

By |July 23rd, 2013|Community, Good For Forests|

Answers to Questions from Friday’s Quiz

Thanks to everyone who took the quiz in last Friday's post! How well did you do? Let us know! This term describes “meeting  the need of the present without compromising the needs of future generations”? A: Sustainable forestry What BSA High-Adventure Camp forest is certified to the SFI Standard? A:  Philmont Scout Ranch What West Virginia native wrote the “Smokey [...]

By |July 22nd, 2013|Community, Good For Forests|
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