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SFI seeks proposals for conservation partnerships

The Washington, D.C.-based Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) forest certification program is inviting applications for its Conservation and Community Partnerships Grants program. 

The program is now in its third year and continues to support research and outreach on responsible forestry.

“SFI Inc. has invested over $1.1 million in 24 projects since 2010,” SFI President and CEO Kathy Abusow said. “With the help of the over 125 partners involved, the SFI Conservation and Community Grant Program has directly supported activities and community events which improve forest management activities and engage the younger generation in responsible forestry.”

The SFI 2010-2014 Standard is based on 14 core principles that promote sustainable forest management, including measures to protect water quality, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, species at risk, and Forests with Exceptional Conservation Value, and encourages community involvement. The SFI program is the only forest certification standard in North America that requires participants to support and engage in research activities to improve forestry forest health, productivity and sustainable management of forest resources. 

The complete 2012 RFP and the latest information about the SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant program are posted here.