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Cultural Survival Areas: Lessons from the 42nd Annual National Indian Timber Symposium

By Rocco Saracina, June 21, 2018

I had the opportunity to attend the 42nd Annual National Indian Timber Symposium earlier this month. The InterTribal Timber Council coordinates the event, which is hosted by a different tribe each year. This year we were welcomed onto the lands of the Quinault Indian Nation along the northern shores of Washington State. The council is…

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Well-Managed Forests Are the Answer

By Kathy, April 26, 2018

A condensed version of this post appeared in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Aborvitae April Newsletter At the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), we believe well‑managed forests are the answer to many of the world’s most pressing sustainability challenges. We are an independent, non-profit organization that provides supply chain assurances, supports education and…

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SFI Successes in 2017 and Big Plans for 2018

By Kathy, December 21, 2017

At the end of each year, SFI takes time to give thanks, reflect on the past year, and look forward to the next year. We continue to work with a diverse network to expand our reach and commitment to future forests. We encourage you to review our two-page scorecard of our 2017 successes and partnerships.…

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SFI at Greenbuild: Promoting the Importance of Well-Managed Forests in Green Building

By Jason Metnick, November 7, 2017

One of the best ways to make buildings better for our environment is to use as much wood as possible in construction. However, many of wood’s positive attributes in construction depend, in part, on whether the forest resource is well managed. Forest certification programs like SFI provide assurances of sustainability. Many leading green building rating…

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Reflections from the 41st Intertribal Timber Symposium: Sustainability as a Tradition

By Rocco Saracina, July 25, 2017

As I travel from tradeshows to conferences, and even chat with family and friends, and attempt to explain the Sustainable Forestry Initiative’s (SFI) core mission, I’ve noticed a recurring theme. To paraphrase, people remark that “it’s a great time to be in sustainability because going green is so important these days.” Sustainability is on the…