The forest has always felt like home. Growing up among the iconic wind-swept pines and maple sugar bushes of Georgian Bay, with summers spent exploring the centuries-old stands of Algonquin Park, forests feature heavily in many of my earliest and fondest childhood memories.
This week SFI joined the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) in West Virginia for the 2013 National Scout Jamboree. We have formed a unique partnership with BSA based around our core principles of using education and hands-on activities to help youth learn about sustainable forestry and environmental conservation. The Scouts pictured here are trying to solve a wooden puzzle to earn [...]
On June 5th we launched the process of revising our current SFI Program Requirements to develop the SFI 2015-2021 Standard and the SFI Chain of Custody Standard. We began by reaching out to more than 10,000 stakeholders for input and comments. But that’s just the start of our open and inclusive process, involving the many different people who know and care about our forests including public and private landowners, [...]
Photo of the Week 6 We are proud to support Scouts Canada in educating youth about how to use natural resources wisely. One of our favorite partnerships is during the annual Canadian Scout Jamboree. This year a number of unique certified wood products were donated — like these canoe paddles that will stay with CJ'13. Pictured here are two of the of the 100 custom-made paddles made by [...]
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) members just completed their vote to accept the new LEED v4 rating tools. SFI voted “negative with comments” because the LEED rating tools do not recognize credible forest certification programs like SFI and ATFS, both internationally recognized by PEFC. This outcome is disappointing because, unlike other materials or products in green building, forest products have a proof point to demonstrate responsible sourcing, [...]
Photo of the Week 5 Dan Fisher of Palo Cedro captured a great shot of an incoming storm over Goose Nest Mountain, CA. His company, Fruit Growers, has SFI certified land on either side of the mountain. For the past 100 years, Fruit Growers Supply Company has managed its forests for the sustainable production of wood and wood products while [...]
On perhaps the hottest, most humid day this summer, I led a diverse group of women leaders in a Habitat for Humanity “Women in Wood” Build Day in Orleans. It was truly an example of “sweat equity”! Our mission was to help build a home for Ida Kakekagumick and her three teenage grandchildren. As members of the Ojibwa Cree First Nation, they are [...]
Photo of the Week 4 This shot is from a bat conservation project we participated in with Nature Conservancy Canada where an abandoned mine was gated to protect a critical hibernation zone. Bats are an important part of the forest ecosystem and with the white-nose syndrome fungus threatening bats across North America we hope that protecting this important bat hibernacula [...]
I was thrilled be part of this wonderful Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia build in Halifax last week. Volunteers from JD Irving Ltd lumber division and SFI raised the first 2 walls of the future home for Natasha and Blair Skinner. Check out the picture of our group raising one of the walls. This special build day that SFI sponsored was also in support [...]
Photo of the Week 3 The Photo of the Week features the "raising of the walls" by Habitat Nova Scotia, SFI and Irving on a project in Governor's Brook, Nova Scotia. Habitat for Humanity and Irving are working together building houses using wood from responsible managed forests. Check back next week Friday for more inspiring photos. [...]
We recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) to grow that relationship, encourage SFI Program Participants to seek certification under their Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) program and support a dual-logo process. This dual logo indicates that a company sources sustainably managed forest products, but also signals that they are good business partners, great [...]
Photo of the Week 2 Tammy Pearson of Program Participant Georgia Pacific-Denton, TX snapped this great waterfall photo at sunset. Water conservation is crucial to healthy forests and a focus of our conservation efforts.
One of the greatest gratifications of working in sustainable forestry is that we get to witness the beauty of nature every day. We want everyone to be able to enjoy nature through a new lens, so each week we will be highlighting a winner from our 2013 Photo Contest to share with you. Check back every Friday for a new photo or [...]
Happy Arbor Day from all of us at SFI! As we celebrate this special day for trees, we are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2013 SFI Photo Contest. We received so many terrific photos that it was truly hard to choose the best. Check out the winning entries and the names of the six talented photographers who [...]
As we celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day this week, we wanted to share this short video of highlights from our SFI Partners in Forest Conservation reception earlier this month, graciously hosted by the National Geographic Society. The event celebrated SFI's Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program and spotlighted the work of SFI's Forest Partners Program, which engages market [...]
This week starts with Earth Day and ends with Arbor Day. Throughout most of North America, springtime is in full swing, with trees blooming and sprouting new leaves everywhere we look. What better time to celebrate our forests, and to remind ourselves that their future depends on the actions we take today? One of the simplest actions that you [...]
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.
Or, you can make an online donation: