Estonia and Poland have become the latest countries to successfully achieve PEFC re-endorsement of their national forest certification systems for the first time. This not only confirms that they continue to meet PEFC’s globally recognized Sustainability Benchmarks, but also ensures that certified forest owners and companies in these countries continue to benefit from the global acceptance of PEFC. "The re-endorsement of these national forest certification systems shows both the commitment of our members to PEFC and underlines PEFC's leadership in the continuous improvement of forest certification," said Ben Gunneberg, CEO of PEFC International. “We appreciate their continued commitment, as well as the contributions of all the stakeholders who have participated in the standards revision and assessment processes.”
Tiny Prints, the leading online stationery boutique, today announced its partnership with American Forests, the oldest national nonprofit conservation organization. In an effort to revive the decimated Deschutes National Forest in Oregon, Tiny Prints, along with American Forests, will help restore its ecosystem and make it a destination for families to enjoy once again.
In 2012, the Deschutes National Forest was devastated by a lightning fire, destroying over 26,000 acres of trees and ruining the wildlife habitat of its big horn sheep, deer and songbirds. Through American Forests, Tiny Prints will support the Pole Creek Fire reforestation project that will plant 350,000 Ponderosa Pines and Douglas Fir, so that families can, once again, hike, camp, fish, ski and enjoy the majestic landscape.
“To us, it’s much more than just offsetting our paper usage,” said Maria Reiling, Tiny Prints general manager. “It’s important for Tiny Prints to give back and restore our natural resources, and our partnership with American Forests will make that a reality. Their work is invaluable to protecting a wildlife habitat and restoring a highly utilized recreational area, and we are grateful for their contributions to our national forests.”
The collaboration with American Forests will also involve working closely with Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council (COIC), an alternative high school program that provides opportunities for youth to learn and work in the outdoors while restoring and caring for our forests.
“We’re excited to share our vision of living in a world in which forests are thriving and healthy with Tiny Prints and their customers,” said Scott Steen, president and CEO of American Forests. “With their support, thousands of trees will be planted, acres of habitats will be restored, providing food sources and shelter for wildlife.”