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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

2:00 - 5:00 PM
Session: Opening Remarks

Delegates will be welcomed to the conference and to the State of Florida, and receive an update on the latest progress and future opportunities for the SFI program.


Confirmed speakers:   

Kathy Abusow, President & CEO, SFI Inc. 


Elder Bobby Henry, Seminole Tribe of Florida


Jim Karels, State Forester, Florida Forest Service

Session: Management Solutions on Large Landscapes

As the concept of landscape-scale conservation; has evolved, so has recognition that successful efforts at that scale must include elements and incentives for the engagement of a wide variety of ownership types and management influences. With 280 million acres/113 million hectares certified to the SFI Standard across North America, lands certified to SFI provide important conservation benefits at a landscape scale. Federal representatives from the U.S. and Canada will speak about government initiatives focused on partnerships in large landscapes.


Confirmed speakers:

Jim Hubbard, Deputy Chief, State and Private Forestry, US Forest Service


Glenn Mason, Assistant Deputy Minister, National Capital Region, Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada

Session: Driving Sustainability in Global Fiber Supply

Brand owners and other corporate users of forest fiber have much to think about regarding sustainability and the impact of their supply chain. This session will explore key performance indicators in the attainment of international sustainable development goals and examine a recent analysis designed to identify how the conservation benefits of sustainable forest management helps brandowners tell their story. 


Confirmed speakers:

Matthew Reddy, Director Forest Solutions Group, World Business Council on Sustainable Development


Bonnie Nixon, Senior Partner, ERM


5:00 - 7:00 PM
President's Reception


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

7:00 - 8:30 AM
SFI Wellness Morning (5K Fun Run, maybe Sunrise Beach Yoga)
7:30 - 9:00 AM
Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 12:00 PM
Session: Innovation in Engaging Stakeholders in the Forest Products Supply Chain

Hear from two market leaders, The Sustainability Consortium and GreenBlue’s Sustainable Packaging Coalition, on their work to provide value throughout the forest products supply chain. Learn how to cost-effectively engage stakeholders to address sustainability objectives through a product’s lifecycle.



Chris Davidson, Director, Corporate Sustainability, WestRock


Confirmed speakers:

Christy Slay, Director, Research, The Sustainability Consortium


Nina Goodrich, Executive Director, GreenBlue

Session: Linking Science and the Supply Chain: Why Conservation Impact Matters

As consumer understanding of sustainability grows, so does the need for science-based information that brand owners can use to explain the conservation-related values of responsible forest management. This session will offer insights on the water- and biodiversity-related contributions associated with sustainably grown and sourced products.


Confirmed speaker:

Bettina Ring, State Forester, Virginia Department of Forestry, and SFI Inc. Board of Directors member


Healy Hamilton, Chief Scientist and Vice President, Conservation Science, NatureServe


Dana Villeneuve, Sustainability Specialist, New Belgium Brewing Company 

12:00 - 1:30 PM
Awards Luncheon
1:30 - 1:45 PM
Networking Break and Exhibition
1:45 - 3:15 PM
Session: Linking Forestry to the Next Generation

Join a discussion about efforts to connect youth to forestry and the challenges and opportunities that university programs face in building the forestry professionals of the future. Learn how Boy Scouts of America fosters a passion for forests in its scouts by building sustainable forestry into its program and why it decided to get more than 100,000 acres of Adventure Camps certified to SFI. The panel will also discuss the enrollment and diversity challenges faced by university forestry and natural resource programs.


Confirmed speaker:

John Stewart, Director, Corporate Engagement and Sustainability, Boy Scouts of America


Paul Winistorfer, PhD, Dean, College of Natural Resources and Environment, Virginia Tech 

Session: Empowering Communities in Building the Future Forest

The SFI Community elevates and enriches the link between people and forests through community, conservation education and partnership programs. This panel will cover topics ranging from the important, multi-generational role of African American-owned family forestlands in Southern communities, to helping Indigenous people connect their values to the forested landscape, to the restoration work being done in the South with urban youth. These types of initiatives are facilitated through the SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program.


Moderator: Craig Blair, President and CEO, Resource Management Service LLC, and Chairman, SFI Inc. Board of Directors



Confirmed speakers:

Vince Keeler, Director of Forestry, Center for Heirs Property Preservation


Alison McGee, Coastal Plain Project Director, The Nature Conservancy


Kelly Olney, Manager, Yakama Forest Products

3:30 - 5:15 PM
SFI Implementation Committee regional breakout meeting
6:00 - 10:00 PM
Sunset Soiree


Thursday, September 29, 2016

7:30 - 8:30 AM
Networking Breakfast
8:30 - 12:00 PM
Session: Update from American Forest Foundation

Hear about AFF’s Southern Initiative for Wood and Wildlife, and specifically a report slated for publication in September, which will include analysis of fiber supplies and wildlife habitat on family woodlands. Get updates on other regional projects, including their Florida landscape management plan pilot project and their coordination with SFI on increasing small land certification through innovate approaches which contribute to achieving the goals of the SFI Forest Partners® program.


Confirmed speaker:

Tom Martin, President, American Forest Foundation

Session: Sustainability in the Global Pellet Market

Gain perspective about the sustainability challenges and opportunities facing the global pellet market and the contributions of forest certification in assuring the sustainability of forest fiber for that market.


Confirmed speaker:

Dorothy Thompson, CEO, Drax Group PLC and Chair, Sustainable Biomass Partnership Board

Session: The Role of Forest Products in Green Building

With recent gains related to the recognition of certification to SFI in green building rating systems, this session will examine future opportunities for certified forest products in commercial construction and building maintenance. 


Confirmed speaker:

Dustin Davis, AIA, LEED Fellow
Associate, Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects


Tedrick Ratcliff, Executive Vice President, Mississippi Forestry Association

Session: Climate Resiliency and the Carbon Marketplace

With the public and private sector forming commitments to reduce carbon emissions, attention is increasingly turning to the contributions of responsibly managed forests in mitigating and adapting to climate change. This session will explore the role of managed forests and forest products and the opportunities that exist in the carbon marketplace for forests certified to SFI.


Moderator: John Hagan, President, Manomet and SFI Inc. Board of Directors member


Confirmed speakers:

Dylan Jenkins, Vice President of Portfolio Development, Finite Carbon


Sean Ross, Director, Forest Operations, Lyme Timber


Mark Johnston, Senior Research Scientist,
Saskatchewan Research Council

12:00 - 1:00 PM
Closing Luncheon