Ah, Cherry Blossom season. Nothing signifies the arrival of spring in the nation’s capital quite like the blooming of the cherry blossom trees and the three-week-long National Cherry Blossom Festival which runs from the first day of spring on March 20 – April 14.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Rob Olszewski Memorial Education Fund
If you are interested in making a contribution to the Rob Olszewski Memorial Education Fund, you can either:
Send a check, payable to Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc.
Mail to: SFI Inc.
2121 K St. NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20037
Please indicate that the funds should be designated to the Rob Olszewski Memorial Education Fund.
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