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Whoever you are, wherever you are, water is your human right. That’s the theme of World Water Day 2019. It’s a day made official by the United Nations General Assembly that takes place every year on March 22. Did you know that regardless of who, or where you are, your water likely comes from a forest? According to the UN, forests provide 75 percent of the world’s freshwater. In addition, forests provide more than just water storage; trees help regulate rainfall through transpiration and filter out contaminants.
Did you know the International Day of Forests is March 21? It’s a day the United Nations General Assembly made official to raise awareness of the importance of forests around the world. The U.N. encourages all countries to organize local, national, and international activities that get people involved in supporting the sustainability of forests and trees.
GreenBlue is challenging companies throughout the United States and Canada to change their thinking about sustainable sourcing. The organization, which is the parent nonprofit of the Forest Products Working Group, and the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, created four new Webinars to educate brand owners about the benefits of buying materials from responsibly managed forests.
Fifty years ago, most managed forests in this country were valued for producing board-feet of timber. In the decades since, scientists have documented a diverse suite of additional values that forests deliver, such as clean water, purified air, nutrient cycling, carbon sequestration, and habitat for a diversity of plants and animals, including species of conservation concern.  Recognition of these many values is driving societal demand for forests to be managed sustainably, and we should celebrate this.
As we recognize African American History Month, it is important to highlight a lesser known part of this history – the legacy of forest ownership among the black community, and the leaders who are working to preserve it.
Does your family PLT? Project Learning Tree (PLT) is an award-winning environmental education program for children and teens in all grades, using trees and forests as a launching pad for understanding complex environmental issues.
From paper goods to lumber, wildlife habitat to recreation, our forests provide value in countless ways. A well managed forest is a sustainable forest, and one that will continue to provide value for generations to come. That’s the underlying message of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) conference, an annual event focused on today’s most important forest sustainability challenges.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a world leader in the study, appreciation, and conservation of birds. But the vast educational opportunities it offers aren’t reserved only for Ivy League students. They include programs for youth, families, and local communities to participate in hands-on learning that benefits birds and the environment.
Trees & Turkeys: a bountiful partnership
TreeHugger – Nov 20, 2018
This Thanksgiving, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) express gratitude for another productive year working together toward common goals, including: well-managed forests, wild-life conservation, habitat protection, and recreational opportunities on public lands.
With consumers skeptical about green product marketing, it’s critical that companies adopt rigorous and reputable labeling systems to build consumer awareness, understanding, and trust.
Sustainability forestry practices advancing in B.C.
Prince George Citizen – Nov 2, 2018
When delegates arrive in Vancouver this coming week from member countries around the world for a high-level United Nations session on forests, B.C. will have a rare opportunitiy to showcase the progress it’s made on sustainable forest management.
With all the global issues we face today — including poor air and water quality, climate risk, deforestation, poverty, and hunger — individuals and organizations alike are taking a proactive step to become part of the solution. And they are turning to trees to make a difference. There is a natural draw to tree planting and forests because there is an emotional and intuitive connection between trees and a healthier planet.
Where Will They Grow?
Media Planet – Sep 26, 2018
Project Learning Tree (PLT) Canada has a mission to educate youth about our forests and inspire a passion for the great outdoors. While youth today are being educated on the importance of our environment, the central role that forests play in all our lives is still not well understood.
Working Together Toward 'Net Zero Deforestation'
Sustainable forestry is really about ensuring that we are deliving not just on economic, but environmental and social values as well. It means respecting Indigenous Peoples’ rights. It means collaboration. That is what this project is all about.
Woodland caribou are an iconic but threatened species throughout Canada. They’re natural prey to bears and wolves, who can gain easier access to Caribou habitat through forest roads, pipelines, and other human disturbances. In some places, these activities have thrown the predator-prey system off balance, and caribou have declined. Sustainable forest management can help.
The United Nations established the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples in 1994, and the day is observed every year on August 9. The goal is stronger international cooperation in solving issues specific to the more than 370 million indigenous peoples living in 90 countries around the globe. Focus areas include human rights, education, economic development, and the environment.
Remember staring out the window in math class as a kid? Or counting the minutes until spelling was over so you could go to recess? Project Learning Tree (PLT) embraces the fact that students would rather be outside than in and takes the teaching where they want to be.
A Conversation with Kathy Abusow
NatureServe – Jul 17, 2018
We sat down with Kathy Abusow, President and CEO at Sustainable Forestry Initiative, to learn about her passion for forests, what everyday people can do to make our forests more sustainable, diversity in the sector, and much more.
First Nations have sustained themselves on the forest land-base for millennia. That fact explains our long-term view on forests, the environment and human and community health: decisions we make today should result in a sustainable world seven generations into the future.
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) is passionate about forests and sustainable forest products being used for projects that improve the shared quality of life of people all over the world. Last week, working with its partner, Habitat for Humanity, SFI put this passion into action with a team build in DC’s Southeast neighborhood which has a low homeownership rate compared to the DC average.
Though it sounds like a technical term more suited for computer programming, avicaching is actually a growing practice that encourages birders to collect and share their data from bird-watching through an internationally known phone app. This practice of citizen science began about a decade ago with eBird, a project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, as a way to fill in the data gaps from underrepresented habitats.
Forest ecosystems sequester large amounts of carbon in vegetation and soils, off-setting the carbon emissions we produce and mitigating climate change. The boreal forest and its associated wetlands, in particular, provide critical carbon storage to the world. Wetlands throughout Canada store nearly 100 times the carbon emissions produced by Canada and the United States combined and roughly four times the emissions produced around the globe annually.
Mother’s Day didn’t always involve buying cards, flowers, and candy, but it’s always been about showing moms love and appreciation. Learn how Mother’s Day has evolved over time and get new ideas for celebrating this year.
Screen-Free Week lasts until May 6, so it’s not too late to unplug and play. Born out of a concern that digital entertainment dominates the lives of too many kids, Screen-Free Week is a call to spend less time online.
Happy Earth Day 2018! It’s estimated that there are about one trillion trees on Earth. Forests provide habitat for wildlife, clean the air we breathe, purify and regulate clean water sources, and provide countless other benefits that improve our lives. This Earth Day, we’re celebrating forests and all they do for us.
While British Columbians often associate exciting innovations with computer science and the Internet, our forest sector has been playing a substantial role in leading-edge technology. These new ideas have made our world a better place.
World Water Day focuses attention on the importance of water to healthy ecosystems, sustainable development, social and economic stability, health, and human survival. World Water Day was made official by the United Nations General Assembly and takes place every year on March 22. In fact, this year, it turns 25.
The International Day of Forests takes place every year on March 21. It was made official by the United Nations General Assembly to raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests in cleaning the air we breathe, filtering the water we drink, and helping mitigate climate change.
The sugar house will provide a hands-on workspace for Stafford students, as well as local high school students, to learn about the cultural, scientific, economic, and ecological aspects of maple syrup production in Vermont.
Protecting S.C. Forests
The Post and Courier – Feb 25, 2018
Throughout my 40-plus year professional forester career serving in both the public and private spheres, I’ve come to view forestry as an “ideal” business sector. That’s because good forestry conserves the whole range of environmental, social and economic forest values.
The longleaf pine ecosystem in the United States has shrunk from 90 million acres to just 3.4 million over time. Consequently, nearly thirty animal species that rely on it for habitat are now endangered or threatened. Natural longleaf pine forests have been replaced in the landscape by development and plantations of loblolly, slash and sand pine. What’s left of the existing longleaf pine range has been degraded by the exclusion of fire.
If your resolve is already waning, you’re in good company. According to one study by the University of Scranton, only eight percent of us see our resolutions through to the end of the year. Additional research by the university shows that blaming yourself for falling short doesn’t help, and neither does wishful thinking. What does help is changing your behavior, and the whole world is here to help. Look no further than your nearest forest.
Did you know that the steelhead fish is the same species as rainbow trout? The two varieties are only distinguished by their color and breeding habits. The steelhead is an endangered species in many parts of North America, and is at risk of becoming endangered in the Fraser Basin in British Columbia, Canada.
A sustainable forest is like a giant nest that protects the birds that live in it. Among forest wildlife, birds are especially important because they serve as early indicators of forest health, water quality, air quality, and climate change. Think of the bird in the forest as the canary in the coal mine.
So many of the products we buy in grocery chains, or retail clothing stores or over-the-counter at pharmacies, require packaging. After all, food, clothing and non-prescription personal care products are among the so-called fast-moving consumer goods (FMCGs) that, together, require sizable resources in the form of boxes, cartons, wrappers, paper labels and the like.
It’s widely accepted that there’s great strength in diversity, and that our world improves because of it. We see proof virtually everywhere we live, work and play — whether in nature, in the community sphere, or in the broader economy.
So many of the products we buy in grocery chains, or retail clothing stores or over-the-counter at pharmacies, require packaging. After all, food, clothing and non-prescription personal care products are among the so-called fast-moving consumer goods (FMCGs) that, together, require sizable resources in the form of boxes, cartons, wrappers, paper labels and the like.
Veterans Day is observed in the United States while Remembrance Day is observed in Canada on November 11 every year. Why November 11? It’s the day in 1918 that armed forces ceased fighting in World War I. The time, 11 a.m., also receives special acknowledgement around the world. Learn more about these two special holidays that recognize veterans in North America.
Halloween just wouldn’t be spookacular without spiders, owls, toads, bats, and other creatures of the night. But how did these specific animals make the cut?
Working Together Toward ‘Net Zero Deforestation’
The Hamilton Spectator – Oct 13, 2017
So many of the products we buy in grocery chains, or retail clothing stores or over-the-counter at pharmacies, require packaging. After all, food, clothing and non-prescription personal care products are among the so-called fast-moving consumer goods (FMCGs) that, together, require sizable resources in the form of boxes, cartons, wrappers, paper labels and the like.
The Future of Canada’s Forests
Prince George Citizen – Sep 28, 2017
It’s hard to imagine a landscape that touches Canadians in as many diverse, important ways as our forests do. It’s equally difficult to think of another landscape that requires as much complex management. I recently participated in a briefing session of assistant deputy ministers involved in forests across Canada, and I can attest that the hard work, strong cooperation and broad engagement are the new normal.
Sourcing products from well‑managed forests certified to an independent third-party standard is an effective way to help your organisation meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other sustainability targets while helping forests. Of course, the idea that creating more commercial demand for forests products could actually help protect forests seems counterintuitive. But the more value we place on using forest products sustainably, the more we will keep forests as forests instead of letting them be converted to other uses.
Back to school with Project Learning Tree and SFI
Project Learning Tree and Sustainable Forestry Initiative are working together to teach students about the environment and actions they can take to conserve it.
Hammer and nails: women take on build at Habitat for Humanity site.
Building a home for Annie Aningmuiq. The men took a back seat on Aug. 15 at an active construction site in Orléans. Instead, women took over the Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa build site off Jeanne d’Arc Boulevard. “Women’s groups, you’re fabulous,” said construction manager Steve Walsh, one of the few males on site that day. “You say, ‘give me direction.’’’
BMPs: Standard Operating Procedures in the South
SAF Forestry Source – Aug 22, 2017
“Ten or 15 years ago, you never heard loggers talking about needing continuing education credits. I’ve been in this business for almost 40 years, and the kind of logger training in BMP compliance required by SFI has been a sea change,” said Dan Roach, public affairs director for Rayonier Inc.
Making the grade in sustainable forestry
TreeHugger – Aug 21, 2017
A&A Trading Ltd. (A&A), a family-owned, forest company with operations on the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia, is working with local hikers to change the way people think about the forest industry.
Wood is a growing industry, so to speak. When sustainably harvested and managed, it is the greenest building material. That’s why codes are being revised and more, taller wood buildings are being built.
As a supporter of green building design, I am also an advocate for wood construction. Wood is imbued with some amazing physical properties; it’s natural, it’s renewable and, as a design element, it’s aesthetically captivating. That’s why architects like me, including those of us living and working in “The Natural State” of Arkansas and across the U.S. South, view timber from a responsibly managed forest to be a crucial tool in our design toolkit.
The National Scout Jamboree in the United States is a forest-friendly tradition that stretches back nearly 100 years. Held every four years, the 2017 National Scout Jamboree kicks off on July 19th and welcomes 25,000 Scouts, 10,000 adult leaders and thousands more Day Visitors from across the U.S. and around the world. It lasts through July 28. Take a peek behind the badge and learn some fun facts about Scouts and the Jamboree.
The National Scout Jamboree in the United States is a forest-friendly tradition that stretches back nearly 100 years. Held every four years, the 2017 National Scout Jamboree kicks off on July 19th and welcomes 25,000 Scouts, 10,000 adult leaders and thousands more Day Visitors from across the U.S. and around the world. It lasts through July 28. Take a peek behind the badge and learn some fun facts about Scouts and the Jamboree.
Every year, as Canadians celebrate Canada Day on July 1st, Americans get ready to celebrate July 4th. Canada Day marks the enactment of the Constitution Act of 1867, which united the British colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick. This year Canada Day is particularly special because Canada is celebrating its 150th anniversary.
While forestry remains solidly one of British Columbia’s most important industries, real change continues. For example, there has never been any doubt that hundreds of communities across B.C., from the coast to the Interior, rely on the forest industry for their livelihoods. But for many decades, First Nations did not participate widely in the success of the sector.
Make Father’s Day a Forest Day
TreeHugger – Jun 16, 2017
Surprise Dad this year with an eco-friendly outing to a well-managed forest near you. More than 285 million acres of forests throughout the U.S. and Canada are certified to the independent, non-profit Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Forest Management Standard, stretching from Canada’s boreal forest to the U.S. South.
Teaching Youth About Sustainable Forestry
Square Opinion – Jun 11, 2017
It’s sometimes hard to pry our youth (and even ourselves) away from our digital devices and keyboards. With well over 80 percent of young Canadians active online, it seems many tend to venture outside less, stuck in a virtual world rather than the natural one. And, while youth in rural Ontario may have more opportunity to experience nature, in urban areas life can get in the way.
The Perks of SFI Certification
Building-Products Magazine – Jun 7, 2017
Consumers around the world are increasingly asking for environmentally responsible options when they make buying decisions. When it comes to wood, paper and packaging products, people want assurances that the forest they come from is managed responsibly. The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) is a sustainability organization that stands for the future of forests. SFI delivers the supply chain assurance that today’s market leaders in the lumber and building materials industry are looking for.
It’s been a pleasure to have had numerous representatives of the PEFC family from around the world recently in Geneva for our annual “Members Meeting”. We’re glad to be able to report that there are now over 300 million hectares of certified forests endorsed by PEFC, which represents over 60% of the world’s certified forests.
The world’s forests already have a lot on their plate: Providing flood protection, drinking water purification, lumber, and recreation, plus habitat for about half the world’s mammals, birds, and insects.
The Boy Scouts of America not only offers a Sustainability merit badge, the group actually counts it among the required merit badges to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. In addition, sustainability components are woven throughout many other merit badges.
While many, including myself, view trees as beautiful and crucial to our way of life, as a sustainability professional I know that spending all one’s time focusing on individual trees — both literally and figuratively — can have a negative impact on the broader forest. And as beautiful and as important as a tree is, it’s the forest and its future that my sustainability organization is dedicated to supporting.
Did you know that the International Day of Forests is celebrated every year on March 21? Instituted by the United Nations General Assembly, the day recognizes the importance of forests and raises awareness of the role they play in environmental sustainability.
Whether for residential or commercial construction, responsibly managed forests are key to making sure your project is built to last.
From Crashed Ice to New Housing for Those in Need
Ottawa Community News – Mar 23, 2017
Locals and Canadians from coast to coast were excited to watch the thrills and spills of the Red Bull Crashed Ice event that took place in Ottawa earlier this month. But the story’s not over. More than a one-time spectacle, the event will have a life-altering impact for low-income families in the Ottawa region. This comes as a result of our partnership with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), a sustainability leader dedicated to the future of our forests and to promoting the responsible procurement of forest products.
Apple, through a partnership with Virginia-based nonprofit The Conservation Fund, has pledged to maintain land it acquired two years ago in Brunswick County as a working forest. The goal is to source packaging materials in a sustainable way and, according to The Conservation Fund, it’s already realizing results.
Collaboration for Conservation
FPAC Tree Talk Blog – Feb 27, 2017
Canada’s boreal forest is part of each of our lives every day. The boreal forest filters the air we breathe and cleans the water we drink. It provides wildlife habitat and improves our quality of life through recreation and its astounding natural beauty.
Saving trees, saving family lands
TreeHugger – Feb 27, 2017
“My mother was an urbanite who would sometimes get upset when my father and I talked about how pretty a tree was,” recalls Ebonie Alexander. “I remember her saying, ‘It’s a tree. They all look alike.’”
President’s Day can be a good time to reflect on the issues that are important to us and re-commit to taking action. For the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), there is one core issue with many aspects: standing for the future of forests. SFI works with local, state, federal, and tribal governments throughout North America, developing partnerships to conserve forest resources, protect wildlife habitat, and implement responsible forestry practices.
Before you choose a particular box of chocolates or a certain greeting card, ask yourself where in the world it came from. Same goes for other gifts, whether your true love happens to love coffee, tea, new clothes, or camping gear.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has certified approximately 490,000 acres of state-owned wildlife management area (WMA) forestland through the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) 2015-2021 Forest Management Standard.
Teaching Our Children to Conserve Wild Spaces
The Hamilton Spectator – Jan 23, 2017
Empowering children on environmental issues entails more than just teaching them the basics of environmental conservation; it’s also about providing them with the opportunities to take action and to make a difference.
Marcal, a Soundview Paper Company, LLC announced today it has achieved certification to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) 2015-2021 Chain-of-custody Standard across North America.
Consumers in growing numbers want assurance that their buying decisions represent a sound environmental choice. They are asking for proof that wood, paper and packaging products are made with raw materials from certified forest content, certified sourcing or recycled content. SFI’s Chain-of-Custody Standard and associated labels deliver a reliable and credible mechanism so businesses can provide this assurance to customers.
Make 2017 the year you support North America’s forests—like clockwork. Forests clean the air we breathe, filter the water we drink and help control our climate. Resolve to put time to support forests on your monthly schedule, so forests can keep supporting us for many years to come. Here’s an idea for every month of the year.
You Can Love Wood And Still Be A Forest Hugger
Huffington Post – Dec 15, 2016
You have probably bought forest products like lumber for a home reno or notepaper for school supplies and wondered how your purchase affects the forest it came from. You may feel guilty, but you shouldn’t if the forest products you buy are harvested sustainably and certified to internationally recognized standards. In fact, you should feel proud.
Each year, more than 75,000 volunteers and Citizen Scientists participate in the annual Christmas Bird Count. They collect extensive data on the numbers and varieties of bird species in their communities, which supports critical protection and conservation efforts globally.
Using innovative wood technologies on the inside and exterior of a proposed mid-rise design studio earned architecture student Curtis Reed a $500 prize and – more importantly – an appreciation for mass-timber technologies.
Overcoming Barriers to Large-Scale Conservation
Duke Nicholas Institute News – Dec 9, 2016
Successful landscape-scale forest conservation and management efforts must engage a wide variety of forest land owners. Recent work by Lydia Olander, director of the Ecosystem Services Program at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, and Paul Trianosky, Chief Conservation Officer at the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, has focused on ideas for improving engagement of landscape-scale conservation goals through three recent events and a proceedings.
Happy Take a Hike Day! Top 5 Trail Picks
TreeHugger – Nov 17, 2016
Did you know that Take a Hike Day happens every year in the US on November 17? If you’ve been missing out, don’t worry. There’s also an annual National Trails Day coming up on June 4. But you don’t have to wait for a certain day to take a hike. Hitting a forest trail is good for us and good for forests all year round. Forests clean the air we breathe, filter the water we drink, and help regulate our climate, not to mention bring us mental and physical health benefits. Connecting with forests helps take care of them, as they take care of us.
Paul Trianosky (’83 B.S. forestry) has devoted his career to the belief that sustainable forestry management promotes conservation values. As chief conservation officer for the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), Trianosky works to develop conservation standards and programs for landowners and companies who want to become engaged in conservation efforts.
Over 10,000 of the world’s leading conservationists came together at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress last week to take immediate action against aggressive goals set by 200 nations in 2015. Participants include heads of state, policymakers, CEOs, leading scientists and highly influential non-profit organizations, including the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI).
Indigenous peoples and forests in North America have long been intertwined. Aboriginal and tribal communities have served as forest stewards for centuries. These communities have relied on forests for material, cultural and spiritual necessities. Examples include using plants for food and medicine and wood for shelter, boats, tools, baskets and ceremonial masks.
Did you know that both the U.S. and Canada celebrate the founding of our countries around the same time every year? Canada Day is celebrated on July first, just before Independence Day is celebrated in the U.S. on July fourth.
Forestry opportunities useful for First Nations
Canadian Forest Industries – Jun 21, 2016
Certifying a forest to a sustainable forest management standard is an important way for managers to assure their markets and the general public of the sustainable forestry they practice. It also helps indigenous communities ensure our values are reflected in the management of those forests.
Forests in North America are already part of our everyday lives. Forests clean the air we breathe, filter the water we drink and help regulate our climate. Forests also offer virtually unlimited opportunities to exercise and relax.
Canada has some of the best managed forests in the world and leads the way in forest certification, a process through which sustainable management of forestlands are certified by an independent, third-party. Over many decades, Canadians have learned to find a balance among environmental, social and economic values in our forests. Yet the complexities of these forest systems and the needs of society mean that forest managers must look continuously to improve their approaches while meeting new sets of challenges.
They’re cool, green and fragrant, ringing with only the sounds of creatures, squeaking tree limbs and wind. They put us smack dab in the middle of nature. In short, forests speak to our souls.
Even ordinary spring allergies come with choices that can make a real environmental difference. Look for the label before you reach for your next tissue.
Sustainability: The lightning strike that fueled her passion for forests
bizwomen – New York Business Journal – Apr 21, 2016
Lightning once struck a hole in Kathy Abusow’s house. And wood saved her life. She was living in Montgomery, Vt., years before she became the CEO of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit with a $7 million annual operating budget. And during the night, lightning hit the side of her house, 2 feet from her bed. The whole house shook. Every circuit blew.
Or better yet – visit her in person. With more than 30 percent of the world covered in forests, Mother Nature is closer than you think.
While homeowners are increasingly reaching for sustainable wood materials in building their homes, so are leading commercial architects and contractors as they imagine the buildings of the future.
As you remember to wear green, don’t forget to also go green in honor of St. Patrick’s Day this year. Luckily, there are five easy ways to invite the planet to the party.
Canada’s boreal forest is a vast tract of land, stretching from British Columbia to Labrador, from Yukon to southern Ontario. This forest is so big that it’s hard to put its size into perspective. But think about this: three-quarters of all Canada’s forests and woodlands are in the boreal zone — that’s some 307 million hectares in total.
Which president was a log cabin enthusiast who lived off the land? And which one was inspired on a camping trip to create national parks?
Many of us made New Year’s resolutions that we’d really like to keep. Popular ones include getting more exercise, spending more time with family, reducing stress, helping out the community and living greener. Look no further than your nearest forest to help you keep all these resolutions and more.
It’s not just a little concern over a few too many holiday treats…it’s to help understand the nutritional value of food available in the forest habitat of caribou, so that forest managers can help increase their chances of surviving northern winters.
In the United States, turkey and Thanksgiving are synonymous, and year after year, celebrating on the fourth Thursday of November with family and friends is a given for many of us. However, the wild turkey population may not always be able to keep up. It has declined 15 percent in recent years, especially in some areas of New England and the Southeast.
When you think of green building, you may think of award-winning architectural feats that are light years beyond your household budget. But the fact is, more and more green building materials are becoming available to the average person, whether you’re renovating your kitchen, adding a new deck or replacing a window.
Did you know that over half of the drinking water in the United States and nearly two thirds of the drinking water in Canada comes from forests? In a recent study, the non-profit National Association of State Foresters (NASF) confirmed that the best management practices used by harvesting professionals and required by forest certification standards are paying off in maintaining the water quality in our forests that translates into the clean water coming out of our faucets.
Why sustainable forests matter
TreeHugger – Nov 2015
Responsible forestry brings us and future generations things we can’t imagine living without: clean air to breathe, fresh water to drink, outdoor recreation and the many thousands of products we use every day.
It’s Halloween and you’ve likely seen some bats decorating doors and windows around the neighborhood. As the only flying mammal on earth, bats have fascinated us for centuries, and often conjure up images of spooky creatures that fly in the night. They also play an important role in the environment by regulating insect populations. But bat populations have experienced a dangerous decline in recent years. A disease called White-Nose Syndrome is wiping them out by the tens of thousands in North America, and conservation efforts are sorely needed to stop its spread.
The next time you do a little interior decorating or upgrade furniture – whether it’s just a new coffee table, shelving or a whole dining room set – you can do your part to make the environment a priority by looking for the SFI label. The label means that the wood used was legally sourced from responsibly managed forests, meets rigorous requirements of the SFI Standards and has undergone an independent third-party audit.
Whether the forest nearest to you is in your own backyard or in the next state, you rely on forests in ways that most people never think about. Forests clean the air we breathe and filter the water we drink. They produce products we need and provide opportunities to improve our quality of life through recreation, and by their natural beauty.
You can find the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) label on hundreds of everyday products, from milk and paper cups and plates to cosmetics and school supplies. The label means that the wood fiber used to make the packaging was legally sourced from responsibly managed forests, meets rigorous requirements of the SFI Standards and has undergone an independent third party audit.
Sizing up the health of a forest may be hard to do with the naked eye. There’s a lot going on in there. Plants, animals, people and businesses all play critical roles behind the scenes. Forests are critical from every angle. Animals and people rely on them for food, clean air and fresh water. Businesses count on them to supply materials for products we need every day. Local and global economies depend upon them to create jobs and foster growth.
For today’s kids, reaching the next level of an online game can seem much more natural and important than taking a hike in the forest. But this lack of outdoor activity is taking a toll on the health of the next generation.
The clean air we breathe and water we drink are only part of the story of sustainable forestry. And if you have hiked in a forest or enjoyed the shade of a tree on a city sidewalk you have experienced the benefits of trees and forests first hand.
Birds are an integral part of any ecosystem they inhabit. Birds help control insects and rodents. They disperse seeds, helping to bring new life to disturbed areas. And birds are pollinators, critical for flowering plants, trees and shrubs.
When you buy products with the SFI label you’re not only purchasing a product that meets rigorous certification standards, you’re also helping grow future forests, sustainable communities, conservation research, youth education, logger training and much more.
Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), the organization that certifies forests covering more than a quarter billion acres/100 million hectares stretching from Canada’s boreal forest to the U.S. South, has announced its new Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) 2015-2021 Standards and Rules. The new standards incorporate the latest scientific information, input gathered from 12 public workshops held across the United States and Canada, and comments solicited from approximately 10,000 stakeholders.

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