SFI supports Habitat home for Alderville First Nation

    ALDERVILLE, ON, Aug. 13 /CNW/ - Sustainable Forestry
Initiative(R)(SFI(R)) program participants will donate products from
well-managed forests and help build the first Habitat for Humanity home in a
First Nation community in Canada.
    Louisiana Pacific Corporation and Norbord Inc. are providing engineered
wood products and OSB for the home in Alderville, northeast of Toronto, being
built through a partnership involving Habitat for Humanity Northumberland, the
Alderville First Nation and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).
    "We are fortunate to have so many groups participating in this historic
project," Kim Lauder, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity Northumberland,
said today. "The Alderville First Nation has generously donated land within
their community. We appreciate all the support, generosity and participation
the community and businesses have demonstrated. This project has been made
possible by the contributions from CMHC, RBC, SFI and Habitat for Humanity
Canada - it means we can build a wonderful sustainable home this summer."
    "We are very pleased to establish partnerships like these with businesses
and the community because it allows us to create an affordable home for an
Alderville First Nation family," said Chief James Marsden of Alderville First
Nation. "Partnering with SFI also allows us to reinforce our respect for land
and forests."
    The independent non-profit SFI forest certification program is one of the
largest in the world, with a standard based on principles and measures that
promote responsible environmental behavior and sound forest management. The
SFI program will be represented Aug. 14 at the first Build Day, which will
involve the Alderville community.
    "Our partnerships with Habitat for Humanity capture the community spirit
of the SFI program perfectly, and Alderville is our second project with
Aboriginal partners - we are also supporting Habitat homes in Winnipeg
involving the Manitoba Métis Federation," said SFI President and CEO Kathy
Abusow. "SFI and its participants have contributed hundreds of volunteer hours
and thousands of dollars of products for Habitat projects in Minnesota, Maine,
Tennessee, Manitoba, and now Ontario."

    About Habitat for Humanity Northumberland

    Habitat for Humanity Northumberland (www.habitatnorthumberland.ca) is a
community-based, non-profit, faith-based organization working for a world
where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. Its mission is to mobilize
volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting
homeownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty. Since its inception
in 1998, Habitat for Humanity Northumberland has completed more than 26 homes
across Northumberland County including Cobourg, Port Hope, Brighton and

    About Alderville First Nation

    Alderville First Nation (www.aldervillefirstnation.ca), a thriving First
Nations community northeast of Toronto, is rich in heritage and native
culture. It has been home to the (Mississauga) Anishinabeg of the Ojibway
Nation since the mid-1830s. Approximately 300 members that live in Alderville,
and more than 650 additional members live outside of Alderville.

    About SFI Inc.

    SFI Inc. is a 501c(3) non-profit charitable organization, and is solely
responsible for maintaining, overseeing and improving the Sustainable Forestry
Initiative program (www.sfiprogram.org), which is internationally recognized
and among the largest in the world. It is one of the fastest-growing forest
certification programs with more than 70 million hectares (more than 175
million acres) of SFI-certified forests across North America. The SFI Standard
also includes unique fibre sourcing requirements that promote responsible
forest management on all suppliers' lands and a chain-of-custody
certification, which is used to tell buyers how much certified fibre is in a
specific product. The SFI forest standard is endorsed by the Programme for the
Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes, a global umbrella organization
that has strict requirements for endorsement. SFI Inc. is governed by a
three-chamber board of directors representing environmental, social and
economic sectors equally.

For further information:

For further information: Karen Brandt, VP, Market Affairs, SFI, (250)
597-3087; Sarah Wight, Habitat for Humanity Northumberland, (905) 373-4663
Ext. 21

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