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Friday, 18 January 2013 09:49

SFI Marks Milestones

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At the close of 2012, Sustainable Forestry Initiative President Kathy Abusow summed up some significant signs that SFI is expanding and gaining credibility as a guarantor of sustainable forest management, pointing out:

On January 7, the H-2B Workforce Litigation Committee, in which FRA participates, filed an appeal brief with the Philadelphia-based Third Circuit Court of Appeals, challenging Judge Legrome Davis’s unfavorable decision on our challenge to the Department of Labor’s guestworker wage rule under the H-2B visa program at the District Court level. The H-2B visa program governs employer access to non-immigrant aliens working in certain categories of seasonal employment, including hand-planting of tree seedlings.

On December 12, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, in Jacksonville, Florida heard the U.S. Department of Labor’s appeal of District Court Judge Casey Rodgers’s decision to place a preliminary injunction on DOL’s “Program Rule,” governing the H-2B visa program, which authorizes the entry of reforestation guestworkers to the U.S. on a temporary, seasonal basis.

On December 6, the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities announced that it had created a Watershed Protection Database, to compile and compare information on programs in various communities to dedicate special assessments on consumers’ water bills to watershed protection projects, as an element...

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