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

Sharing Sustainable Forestry with the Future

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 [...]

By |July 19th, 2013|Community, Conservation, Good For Forests, Photos|

We need your input by Aug. 6

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, [...]

By |July 15th, 2013|Certification, Good For Forests|

Proud to Support Scouts Canada Jamboree 2013

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 [...]

By |July 12th, 2013|Community, Good For Forests, Photos|

New LEED Rating Tools Fall Short by Excluding Well-Recognized Forest Certification

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, [...]

By |July 8th, 2013|Good For Forests, Green Building|

Incoming Storm Over Goose Nest Mountain

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 [...]

By |July 5th, 2013|Good For Forests, Photos|

Women Leaders Put in ‘Sweat Equity’ for Local Aboriginal Family

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 [...]

By |July 3rd, 2013|Community, Good For Forests, Green Building|

SFI supports Bat Conservation Project

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 [...]

By |June 28th, 2013|Good For Forests, Photos|

Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia Build Day a Double Blessing for New Parents of Twins

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 [...]

By |June 24th, 2013|Community, Good For Forests, Green Building|

Responsible Forestry Supports Rich History, Healthy Future for Indigenous Communities

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 [...]

By |June 18th, 2013|Community, Good For Forests|

Introducing: Photo of the Week

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 [...]

By |June 7th, 2013|Good For Forests, Photos|

Congrats SFI Photo Contest Winners

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 [...]

By |April 26th, 2013|Good For Forests, Photos|

SFI at National Geographic

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 [...]

By |April 23rd, 2013|Good For Forests|

Happy Earth Day

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 [...]

By |April 22nd, 2013|Good For Forests|
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