RICHMOND, VA — The Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI) announced the 2019 winners of the SFI Awards at the SFI Annual Conference today.

SFI Conservation Leadership Award

Emily Jo Williams, Vice President, Migratory Birds, and Habitats at the American Bird Conservancy, and Dr. Healy Hamilton, NatureServe’s Chief Scientist are being recognized for their leadership in facilitating projects that illustrate conservation values on lands certified to the SFI standards or affected by SFI Fiber Sourcing. Learn more.

SFI Implementation Committee Award

The Georgia SFI Implementation Committee was selected for its leadership on logger training, water quality, and outreach to landowners, educators, and legislators. They collaborated with government partners to engage new and underserved landowners in an SFI-aligned technical assistance program, addressed workforce development needs in consultation with community colleges, industry, and universities, and helped Scouts earn their sustainability merit badge. Learn more.

SFI Dr. Sharon Haines Memorial Award for Innovation and Leadership in Sustainability

Dr. T. Bently Wigley, retired Vice President of Forestry Programs at the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement (NCASI), is this year’s winner. Wigley’s contributions to wildlife and forestry science are extensive and will be influential for decades to come. He was instrumental in setting the precedent for robust, well-designed, and impactful research within the forestry sector. Learn more.

SFI President’s Award

The Yakama Nation is this year’s winner for its ongoing leadership in advancing sustainable forest management and its commitment to SFI. The Yakama Nation is a model of sustainability. SFI commends the Yakama Nation’s leadership in exemplifying comprehensive, culturally grounded approaches to sustainable forest management. Learn more.

About the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Inc.

SFI Inc. advances sustainability through forest-focused collaborations. We are an independent, non-profit organization that demonstrates our commitment to forests through our work in standards, conservation, education, and community. SFI works with the forest sector, conservation groups, academics, researchers, brand owners, resource professionals, landowners, educators, local communities, Indigenous Peoples, and governments to achieve a vision of a world that value and benefits from sustainably managed forests. Learn more.