LEED Recognition for SFI and ATFS Is Good News for Forests and the Communities that Rely on Them

By Guest Blogger, April 14, 2016

Guest bloggers: Republican Representative Gregg Harper of Mississippi and Democratic Representative Kurt Schrader of Oregon When it comes to the health of our nation’s forests and the communities that depend on them, we occupy common ground. Another thing we share is our respect for the U.S. Green Building Council’s decision to create a pathway for…


Minnesota SIC Logger of the Year Harvests the 2014 Capitol Christmas Tree

By Guest Blogger, November 3, 2014

By Guest Blogger: David Chura Executive Director, Minnesota Logger Education Program On a crisp day in late October, the Minnesota SFI Implementation Committee (SIC) Logger of the Year – Jim Scheff – fired up his Husqvarna chainsaw and prepared to fell a towering 88 foot tall white spruce, soon to become this year’s U.S. Capitol Christmas…

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White House Workshop Promotes Building with Wood

By Nadine Block, March 19, 2014

I had the great pleasure to participate in an exciting workshop yesterday hosted by the White House Rural Council and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The event touted the positive environmental and climate benefits of building with wood and also announced the launch of some great new initiatives from USDA. Participants at the workshop…


The Shared Path to Sustainability

By Nadine Block, January 24, 2013

It’s been quite a week in Washington, D.C., with all the activities surrounding the start of President Barack Obama’s second term. The President’s inauguration speech on Monday spoke to the need for a collective effort on many fronts, including pursuing a sustainable future for our planet. President Obama declared, “The path towards sustainable energy sources…