SFI Opens RFP Inviting New Partnerships For Conservation And Community Impact Throughout North America
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) is pleased to announce its annual request for proposals (RFP) for the SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program. Grants from SFI contribute to understanding the critical linkage between forests and communities across the range of American and Canadian forests, and represent SFI’s long-standing commitment to forest research. These projects provide the science-based data needed by resource professionals to improve forest management and to assess conservation values. SFI community grants build engagement at the intersection of sustainable forestry, responsible procurement and thriving communities.
Corduroy is back in fashion with foresters and conservationists who want new ways to conserve wetlands crossed by resource roads. The earliest days of Canada’s timber trade featured wetland crossings made of logs lined up in rows, which resembled corduroy fabric. Road building gradually became more permanent, sometimes affecting water flow in wetlands.
SFI’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity Canada and its Indigenous Housing Program is tackling housing challenges facing Indigenous people across Canada one home at a time. Kyle and Sasha, parents of eight-year old daughter Hailey, are set to become owners of a brand new bungalow in Winnipeg’s Point Douglas neighbourhood. Kyle is from Norway House Cree Nation and Sasha is from Sagkeeng First Nation. SFI will participate in the build in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity Manitoba.
Government Leaders Recognize the Value of SFI Program for Sustainable Forest Management and Responsible Procurement
Elected leaders and federal administrators issued statements Monday – in one case a decision by a federal agency, in another a letter from a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators to a federal agency – that both point to the important role of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Program in advancing sustainable forestry and providing pathways for responsible procurement.
Le Rapport d’Avancement de SFI Montre que 500 Organisations Partenaires Travaillent Ensemble Pour les Forêts de L’avenir
Rendu public aujourd’hui, le rapport d’avancement de 2016 de SFI, Relier les forêts de l'avenir aux collectivités, raconte comment la foresterie responsable aide à améliorer notre qualité de vie commune. Les 400 différents projets de conservation et de recherche déclarés par les participants au programme SFI en 2015 (contre 291 en 2014) constituent un des nombreux sujets inspirants présentés dans le rapport de cette année. Ces projets, impliquant plus de 500 organisations partenaires, bénéficient aux collectivités, aux habitats et à une multitude d’espèces, allant du pic et du saumon à l’ours et au caribou.
Released today, the 2016 SFI Progress Report – Linking Future Forests to Communities – tells the story of how responsible forestry is helping improve our shared quality of life. The 400 different conservation and research projects reported by SFI Program Participants in 2015, up from 291 projects in 2014, is just one of the powerful stories outlined in this year’s report. These projects, involving more than 500 partner organizations, benefit communities, habitats and multiple species, ranging from woodpeckers and salmon to bears and caribou.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today issued its decision that no additional regulations are needed to address stormwater discharges from forest roads under the Clean Water Act (CWA). This determination recognizes the success and continual improvement of state best management practices programs, which are proven to be effective in protecting water quality.
La Fédération des producteurs forestiers du Québec (FPFQ) annonce la publication de la 4e édition révisée du guide des saines pratiques d’intervention en forêt privée. Ce guide terrain est destiné aux propriétaires de boisés, ainsi qu’aux entrepreneurs forestiers, pour promouvoir les mesures d’atténuation des impacts environnementaux lors de leurs interventions en forêt. La révision du guide a été soutenue par le Programme de subventions aux partenariats pour le développement communautaire de Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI).
The “Fédération des producteurs forestiers du Québec” (Quebec Federation of woodlot owners or FPFQ) has released the fourth edition of the “Sound Forestry Practices for Private Woodlots Field Guide,” which is used by small woodlot owners and forest contractors to promote responsible forest management. The updated guide was supported by an SFI Community Partnerships Grant.
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) has been granted membership in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), an organization devoted to helping the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environmental and development challenges. IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization, with almost 1,300 government and NGO members and more than 15,000 volunteer experts in 185 countries.