Sustainability Matters: Using PLT to Communicate the Science and Value of Sustainable Forestry 12:00 – 4:30PM
Do you find it challenging to explain the benefits related to managed forests and your commitment to sustainability to friends and colleagues? Then this workshop is for you! Go beyond words and strengthen your outreach and education efforts using Project Learning Tree (PLT). In this workshop, you’ll experience some of PLT’s outdoor, hands-on activities you can easily use to teach adults and youth HOW to think, not WHAT to think about sustainable forestry, natural resources management, and the environment. All participants will receive PLT’s Environmental Education Activity Guide complete with 96 activities to help you bring to life the science behind sustainable forest management. Applicable for youth and adult audiences in both educational, field-tour, or business settings, the guide includes activities focused on forest product certification, tree lifecycles, benefits of renewable resources, wildlife, and more! To learn more, contact Rachel Lang
Risk-Based Approaches to Identifying and Managing Sustainability Risks in Sensitive Forests in the US DISCUSSION: 1:00 – 6:00PM
The forest sector, and its activities to produce wood fiber for a variety of uses, is required to demonstrate sustainability along the global supply chain. Today’s markets increasingly demand sustainable products, amplifying the need to assess and mitigate risks to the environment: climate, biodiversity, soil fertility, water quality, and more. This demand provides both opportunities and additional complexities for the forest sector. Join us for an engaging discussion on the development of processes, resources, and tools to define, identify, assess, and mitigate these risks. This discussion will also inform about the sustainable forest management practices that can sustain sensitive forest ecosystems.
The American Forest Foundation, Enviva, and the Sustainable Biomass Program are sponsoring a two half-day event which will include a workshop featuring presentations and in-depth discussions on Monday afternoon, October 21, and a tour to visit working forests in the region on Tuesday morning, October 22. We will conclude in time to attend the opening plenary of the 2019 SFI Annual Conference.
Attendees will include industry, trade and export representatives, forest and biomass certification auditors, public agency foresters, consulting foresters, sustainability experts, academics, and anyone interested in exploring risk assessments in the US. To learn more and reserve your seat please email Elizabeth Woodworth.
Day One – Discussion
- Simon Armstrong, Chief Technical Officer, Sustainable Biomass Program
- Inge Stupak, Associate Professor, University of Copenhagen
- Jason Killam, Chief Forester at J.D. Irving, Limited
- Sarah Crow, Senior Director, Sustainability Solutions, American Forest Foundation
- Jennifer Jenkins, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Enviva LP
- John B. Auel, Assistant Extension Professor, Mississippi State University
- Steve Koehn, Director of Cooperative Forestry, USDA Forest Service
Day Two – Field Tour
- Barry Graden, Director – SFI Forest Partners, Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Inc.
- Don Grant, Manager, Sustainability Standards, Enviva LP
- Dean Cumbia, Forest Management Chief, VA Department of Forestry