OTTAWA  - The Sustainable Forestry Initiative says it set a new Guiness World Record, planting 202,935 trees in one hour. SFI partnered with 29 teams of 25-100 people each to plant trees in locations from New York City to Vancouver Island, British Columbia in honor of its 20th anniversary.

The effort involved 1,165 volunteers who planted trees between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. EDT on May 20, 2015. The SFI group operates the SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard and the SFI Chain-of-Custody Standard
 
Teams that participated in the world record-breaking initiative included:

American Forests, Atco Wood Products, Baltimore City Recreation and Parks' TreeBaltimore, City of Sumner, Washington, Coopérative Forestière des Hautes-Laurentides, Domtar, Fornebu Lumber Company, Interfor, Island Timberlands, J.D. Irving Limited, Massey-Vanier High School, Norbord Barwick (in conjunction with local schools), Norbord (Groupement forestier cooperatif Abitibi, Sylviculture La Vérendrye, Forêt d'enseignement et de recherche Harricana), New York Restoration Project, Parks & People Foundation, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Pennsylvania SFI Implementation Committee, ReEnergy Holdings, Resolute Forest Products (the Haveman Team — Dog River Matawin Forest, the Outland Team – Black Spruce Forest, the Brinkman Team – Crossroute Forest), Minnesota SFI Implementation Committee, St. Louis County's Land & Minerals Department, the Sugar Pine Foundation, TD Bank, Forests Ontario (with partners Michael's Hair Body Mind and Credit Valley Conservation), UPM Blandin, and Williams Lake Plywood — West Fraser.

SOURCE Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc.

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