Certified Wood Sets Stage for President Obama’s Inauguration.
The eyes of the world turn to Washington on Monday, as President Barack Obama takes the oath of office for his second term as President of the United States. And as he stands on this figurative world stage, he’ll also be standing on a sustainable stage, literally: the inaugural platform was constructed with lumber certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) Standard.
Forest certification standards, like SFI’s, are an essential tool to promote sustainable forest management practices that protect and grow our forests for the future. SFI is proud to play a part on this historic day, as the single largest forest certification standard in the world. Across North America, more than 200 million acres/80 million hectares are certified to the SFIforest management standard.
Sierra Pacific Industries, a family-owned company and the second-largest producer of lumber in the United States, provided the lumber for the inaugural platform from facilities in Washington state that are third-party certified to SFI’s rigorous standard. The SFI standard includes measures to protect water quality, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, species at risk, and Forests with Exceptional Conservation Value. And one-third of SFI-certified land in the U.S. is on publicly-owned land.
As adoption and visibility of forest certification continues to expand, we expect more opportunities to celebrate in the years to come.
Kitzhaber report to restore east-side forests
December 11, 2012
New report: Restoring Oregon’s east-side forests is a win-win
By Oregon Forest Resource Institute,
Accelerating the work to restore ailing federal forests will help both the environment and the economy in eastern Oregon. This is the conclusion of a new report prepared at the request of Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and legislative leaders: “National Forest Health Restoration: An Economic Assessment of Forest Restoration on Oregon’s Eastside National Forests.”
The Oregon Forest Resources Institute and The Nature Conservancy teamed up to produce a four-page summary of the report.
The report looks at doubling the number of acres of east-side national forestland that undergo restoration – such as selective harvest, thinning and underbrush removal – from 129,000 annually to 250,000. Doing so, the report states, could create an additional 2,300 jobs in eastern and south central Oregon. The study says every $1 million invested in restoration generates $5.7 million in economic returns.
The work brings timber to struggling mills, provides jobs, and restores fire resiliency to the forest, the report states. Because of fire suppression, historic practices and passive management, some dry-side federal forests are choked with as many as 1,000 trees per acre, where historically about 75-100 trees per acre were typical. Some 80 percent of the 11.4 million acres of east-side forests under U.S. Forest Service management are at moderate to high risk of devastating crown fires.
The report highlights the importance of local collaboratives – in which government, industry and conservation interests work together to plan and implement restoration jobs.
The report was assembled with funding and guidance from conservation groups, government agencies, academic institutions and business trade associations. The full 94-page report also is available for download.
For county-by-county information on Oregon’s forests sector and how it fits into the state’s overall economy please see the executive summary of OFRI’s recent economic study, “Poised to Rebound,” or visit OFRI’s dedicated website, TheForestReport.org.