October 15, 2018

By: The Working Forest Staff

Vicki Christiansen to speak on Women in Leadership at SFI Annual Conference

Vicki Christiansen was recently appointed as the 19th Chief of the US Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service. “Chief Christiansen and the US Forest Service (USFS) have collaborated and supported SFI on a variety of important initiatives and we look forward to working with her in her new leadership role,” said Kathy Abusow, president and CEO, Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc.

“I’m also pleased to share that Chief Christiansen will be participating in our Inspiring Women Leaders in Sustainability panel at the SFI Annual Conference in Westminster, Colorado on Oct. 18. Chief Christiansen will be joined by women leaders from the forest sector to discuss responsible forest management, forest health and the role women are playing on a range of sustainability issues. Speakers will also share their inspiring stories about encouraging women to take on leadership roles,” explained Abusow.

“SFI and the USFS have enjoyed a long and productive relationship over the years as we collaborate in advancing forest sustainability practices across the United States. The USFS has partnered with SFI to help address the engagement of large institutional landowners in conservation planning and implementation at landscape scale. This effort supports the “all lands” vision, adopted by the USFS a few years ago,” added Abusow.

A USFS grant has supported a series of SFI workshops to help identify challenges and pathways for large landowner engagement. The grant also supports SFI’s Conservation Impact work to evaluate the conservation outcomes from certified lands, and to develop pilot landscapes for testing collaborative approaches.

The USFS is also a valued partner when it comes to connecting youth to the outdoors to advance conservation education. The USFS has provided support to Project Learning Tree (PLT), an initiative of SFI, to develop, pilot test and launch PLT’s GreenSchools and GreenWorks! programs.

“I encourage you to join us at the SFI Annual Conference, Oct. 16-18, for a chance to hear directly from Chief Christiansen. Register today!” added Abusow.

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