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Engaging Youth on Sustainable Forestry at Philmont Scout Ranch

Working with more than 600 Scouts over the course of one week this past summer left me feeling energized and enthusiastic about our forests and the next generation who will be responsible for them. I’ve worked at SFI since 2010, and I’m currently the Senior Vice President for Community and Government Relations. SFI advances sustainability through forest-focused collaboration, so while I get to work on forestry every day, it’s always a particular treat to get back in the woods for a week and really get my hands dirty and engage with youth who are so important to the future of our sector.

By |November 12th, 2021|Blog|

SFI Supports Boy Scouts Building Forest Bat Boxes

As part of a recent SFI Community Grant project, the Voyageur’s Council of Boy Scouts of America built and installed 70 new bat boxes near Duluth, Minnesota. The boxes provide alternative housing for forest bats to raise their young in areas where bat population numbers have plummeted.

By |October 29th, 2021|Blog|

Why Forest Lovers Should Celebrate Bat Week

SFI-certified forests provide healthy habitat for millions of bats, and with White Nose Syndrome decimating populations across North America, it’s more important than ever to appreciate the critical role bats play as insect eaters, seed spreaders, and pollinators. Learn about the relationship between bats and forests, and join us in celebrating Bat Week, October 24-31!

By |October 25th, 2021|Blog|

The Artist Behind the 2021 Virtual SFI Annual Conference Speaker Gifts

Fourteen-year-old Mahatta Price loves spending time in the forest. In the spring, she likes seeing trilliums flower and berries appear, and ferns and other plants sprout new growth. She bark harvests then, when the sap is running in the red and yellow cedar trees. In the fall, she likes to go hunting, fishing and looks for wild mushrooms.

By |August 26th, 2021|Blog|

Collaboration for Conservation in the Southern Blue Ridge

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and the Forest Stewards Guild have brought together partners who live and work in the Southern Blue Ridge, including Evergreen Packaging, an SFI-certified company, to collaborate on forest conservation approaches. Forests of the Southern Blue Ridge are biologically rich and span Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. The area supports a diverse ecosystem, provides recreational opportunities, and is a source of sustainable forest products. Stakeholders have identified mountain oak forests and mountain cove forests as two types of forest worthy of conservation attention, to help ensure the health and vitality of this unique place.

By |June 2nd, 2021|Blog|

SFI Celebrates the International Day of Forests

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative celebrates forests every day, but every year on March 21 we join so many others to formally recognize the United Nations International Day of Forests. This year’s theme is “Forest restoration: a path to recovery and well‑being.” SFI’s mission directly supports this theme and the broader UN Sustainable Development Goals. SFI-certified forests and products are [...]

By |March 19th, 2021|Blog|

Getting ready for 2021

I hope everyone had a nice holiday season. I wanted to start the year with some lessons from 2020 that can inform our work going forward. I am proud of what we achieved together last year during such unique times and appreciative of how we adapted.

By |January 11th, 2021|Blog|

Working Forests at Work for Birds

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. A bird watcher, a lumber manufacturer, and a wildlife biologist walk into a bar…Or was it a forest? Wherever you find the American Bird Conservancy’s (ABC) Emily Jo Williams, Westervelt’s Jonathan Lowery, and the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement Inc.’s (NCASI) Darren Miller together, you can be sure there will be plenty of laughs and no shortage of conservation inspiration.

By |November 16th, 2020|Blog|

Sometimes It Takes a Bigger Perspective to Truly See the Forest

Not long ago, I was in northwestern Ontario sailing high above the blanket of boreal forests stretching as far as the eye could see. I brought my two boys, aged 16 and 14, to see this place with me, to feel the forest and its people. We were on our way to Birch Lake, a remote location northeast of Ear Falls, accessible only by foot, snowmobile in the winter, or floatplane in the summer.

By |August 19th, 2020|Blog|

Shaping the SFI Standards – SFI Completes Second Comment Period

SFI’s standards, when leveraged with our three other pillars of work – conservation, community and education - provide practical, scalable solutions for markets and communities committed to a sustainable planet. Through the SFI Standards, more forests are well managed, which means more effort is put into conserving healthy wildlife, providing clean water and making more sustainable wood, paper and packaging products available for consumers and companies.

By |July 6th, 2020|Blog|

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