2018 Annual Conference Sponsors


Platinum Sponsor


Resolute Forest Products

Sponsor of Go Zero

Resolute Forest Products is a global leader in the forest products industry with a diverse range of products, including newsprint, specialty papers, tissue, market pulp and wood products. The company owns or operates over 40 pulp, paper, tissue and wood products facilities in the United States, Canada and South Korea, as well as power generation assets in Canada. Resolute markets its products in close to 80 countries and employs over 7,700 people. At Resolute, we make decisions with tomorrow in mind, and are firmly committed to responsibly managing the resources in our care.




Conservation & Community Sponsors


American Bird Conservancy

Sponsor of Conservation and Community

American Bird Conservancy is the Western Hemisphere’s bird conservation specialist—the only organization with a single and steadfast commitment to achieving conservation results for native wild birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. With a focus on efficiency and working in partnership, we take on the toughest problems facing birds today, innovating and building on sound science to halt extinctions, protect habitats, eliminate threats, and build capacity for bird conservation. Our work with SFI is enabling us to expand efforts to better manage important bird habitats, with the potential to benefit birds across millions of acres of forestland.



The Conservation Fund

Sponsor of Conservation and Community

At The Conservation Fund, we believe that conservation should work for all Americans. We create conservation solutions that make economic sense. We are re-defining conservation to demonstrate its central role in America’s future prosperity. Top-ranked for efficiency and effectiveness, we have worked in all 50 states since 1985 to protect more than 7.5 million acres of land.


Ducks Unlimited Canada

Sponsor of Conservation and Community

For over 80 years Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) has worked with private landowners, governments and industry to conserve, restore and manage wetlands and associated habitats across Canada to benefit both wildlife and people. With increasing development pressures in the boreal forest, this key habitat area for continental waterfowl is a conservation priority. The forest industry has been an important conservation partner, and DUC views the forest sector as a critical and leading industry to ensure wetlands remain a healthy component of Canada’s working boreal forest today and into the future.


The Peregrine Fund's North American Non-Lead Partnership

Sponsor of Conservation and Community

Since the 1980s, societies have worked to remove lead from paint, gasoline and plumbing, but it still can pose a threat to wildlife. When scavenging birds and mammals eat the remains of carcasses shot with lead ammunition, tiny fragments of the heavy metal can be ingested and then absorbed into their bloodstream, often causing long-term side effects and sometimes even death. Non-lead ammunition options, such as high performance solid copper bullets, help prevent lead poisoning in scavengers like bald eagles, golden eagles and other birds of prey. The North American Non-Lead Partnership — formed late last year by the Oregon Zoo, The Peregrine Fund and the Institute for Wildlife Studies — seeks to expand the coalition of hunters, anglers and other conservationists dedicated to improving ecosystem and wildlife health by voluntarily choosing non-lead options for shooting animals whose remains enter the food chain. 



Gold Sponsors


Bureau Veritas

Sponsor of Student Participation

Bureau Veritas is a global leader in Testing, Inspection, and Certification (TIC). Created in 1828, the Group has over 75,000 employees in over 1,400 locations in 140 countries. Bureau Veritas Certification is one of the world’s leading certification bodies, managing thousands of chain of custody certificates in 47 countries, equaling over 21 million acres of land.



International Paper Company

Sponsor of Awards Luncheon

International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a leading global producer of renewable fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper products with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, Europe, North Africa, India and Russia. We produce corrugated packaging products that protect and promote goods, and enable world-wide commerce; pulp for diapers, tissue and other personal hygiene products that promote health and wellness and papers that facilitate education and communication. We are headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., and employ approximately 52,000 colleagues located in more than 24 countries. Net sales for 2017 were $22 billion. For more information about International Paper, our products and global citizenship efforts, please visit internationalpaper.com.



Sponsor of Hotel Key Cards

Products certified to SFI are coming to UL's SPOT™, a web-based product sustainability information tool that facilitates the selection of credible green products for professional purchasers. Recognized by the USGBC as an official product search engine for LEED projects, the addition of products certified to SFI to SPOT’s more than 55,000 products will enable users to find products that meet their sustainable purchasing criteria and contributions to green building programs such as LEED, BREEAM and Green Globes. To learn more visit ul.com/spot.



Sponsor of Program Materials

Veritiv, a leading North American business-to-business distributor of packaging, facility solutions, print and publishing products and services, supports responsible forest management, Chain of Custody certification and the value of certified products. Veritiv collaborates with customers, suppliers and brand owners to deliver sustainable products and develop innovative solutions to encourage environmental awareness and responsibility throughout our supply chain. 


Silver Sponsors


The American Tree Farm System®

Sponsor of Free Wifi

The American Tree Farm System® (ATFS) is an internationally-endorsed recognition and certification program that provides family and private forest owners with support and tools to ensure their forests deliver the clean water, wildlife habitat and sustainable wood supplies all Americans count on. Wood harvested from ATFS-certified lands are recognized as certified content in PEFC and SFI chains of custody. The American Tree Farm System® is a program of the American Forest Foundation.


EACOM Timber Corporation

Sponsor of 5K Fun Run/Walk

EACOM Timber Corporation is a major Canadian wood products company. Our talented team of 1,100+ employees is committed making timber better at our seven sawmills, remanufacturing facility and engineered I-joists plant. We sustainably manage and transform forest resources into high quality wood products, creating exceptional value for our customers, shareholders, suppliers, employees and communities. From the woodlands to the North American home building market, we strive for sustainability, collaboration, safety and continuous improvement. Learn more at www.EACOM.ca



Sponsor of General Session

Georgia-Pacific is committed to good forest management and works with SFI® and others in the forestry and environmental community to support the practice of sustainable forestry on all lands. Our fiber sourcing practices are certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Fiber Sourcing Standard, providing assurance that our wood sourcing practices are legal and sustainable.


Hancock Timber Resource Group

Sponsor of Student Participation

Hancock Timber Resource Group (HTRG) is the world’s largest timberland investment manager for institutional investors. Based in Boston, it manages approximately 6.1 million acres of timberland in the United States, Brazil, Chile, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.  HTRG is firmly committed to leading-edge forest management and environmental stewardship. Our goal is to improve overall returns, reduce risk, and improve alignment of interests while protecting and enhancing environmental and social aspects of the lands we manage. Toward that end, all of HTRG’s forests in North America are certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® program. Our Stewardship Program encompasses our philosophy that: “Good stewardship is good business.


J.D. Irving Ltd.

Sponsor of Conference Mobile App


Michigan SFI Implementation Committee

Sponsor of Student Participation

The Michigan SFI Implementation Committee has been working to make a positive difference in Michigan’s 20.3 million acres of forests since 1995. The SFI program in Michigan works to support responsible forest practices, wood procurement and harvesting throughout Michigan, in addition to logger training and family forest landowner outreach. The committee also supports local urban youth outreach projects, like Wheels to Woods, created by the Michigan Tree Farm Committee and Project Learning Tree.


Millar Western Forest Products Ltd.

Sponsor of Thursday Luncheon

Millar Western is a privately held Alberta-based forest products company that has been in business for more than a century. We apply that experience in developing renewable resources safely and responsibly, while holding to our core values of safety, integrity, honesty, trust and respect. Millar Western operates sawmills in Whitecourt and Fox Creek, a bleached chemi-thermo-mechanical pulp (BCTMP) mill in Whitecourt and, through the Spruceland Millworks operating division, a value-added specialty wood products facility in Acheson. Based in Whitecourt, our woodlands team is responsible for supplying our mills with fibre that is sourced from sustainably managed forests located close to our mill operations. Our head office is in Edmonton.


Neiman Enterprises, Inc.

Sponsor of Wednesday Continental Breakfast

Neiman Enterprises, Inc. is a third-generation, family owned, forest products company with a commitment to sustainable forestry practices and fiber sourcing.  As an active member of SFI, Neiman Enterprises, Inc. is dedicated to maintaining & preserving healthy forests and being an environmental steward on both public and private lands.  Our commitment to sustainable forestry not only ensures our own long term stability, but also guarantees future generations access to future forests & timber resources.  We continue to strive toward advances in renewable energy and value-added products in order to maximize the utilization of the resource while meeting the demands of our markets.


Resource Management Service, LLC

Sponsort of Badge Lanyards

Resource Management Service, LLC (RMS) is a private timberland investment firm serving pension funds, endowments, foundations and family offices. For over 60 years, RMS has been creating value for timberland owners and investors through the disciplined integration of forestry and finance. The success of RMS is tied to the success of their clients, ensuring alignment of interest and accountability at every stage of the investment process.



Sierra Pacific Industries

Sponsor of Thursday Networking Breakfast

Sierra Pacific Industries is a third-generation family-owned forest products company based in Anderson, California. The firm owns nearly 2 million acres of timberland in California and Washington certified under the independent Sustainable Forestry Initiative. With over 5,000 crew members across 30 states, SPI is also one of the largest U.S. lumber producers, along with production of millwork, wood windows, and renewable energy.



Trinchera Blanca Foundation


Trinchera Ranch

Sponsors of Student Participation


Weyerhaeuser Company

Sponsor of Hospitality Suite

Weyerhaeuser Company, one of the world’s largest forest products companies, began operations in 1900. It manages its timberland on a sustainable basis in compliance with internationally recognized forestry standards, including SFI forest  management standard. In February 2016, we merged with Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc. In 2015, Weyerhaeuser and Plum Creek, on a combined basis, generated approximately $8.5 billion in net sales and employed nearly 14 thousand people who serve customers worldwide.



Bronze Sponsor


Colorado State Forest Service

Sponsor of Registration Literature

Established in 1955, The Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) is the lead state agency providing forest stewardship, professional forestry assistance, fuels reduction, wildfire mitigation expertise, outreach and education to help Colorado landowners and communities achieve their forest management goals. Each year, the CSFS helps treat more than 20,000 acres of forestland, and assists thousands of landowners and hundreds of communities to improve forest health.  The CSFS is a service and outreach agency of the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University and provides staffing for the Division of Forestry within the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. For more information on a variety of programs and services, visit csfs.colostate.edu.


Forest Products Association of Canada

Sponsor of Student Participation

FPAC provides a voice for Canada’s wood, pulp and paper producers nationally and internationally in government, trade, and environmental affairs. Canada’s forest products industry is a $67 billion dollar a year industry that represents 2% of Canada’s GDP. The industry is one of Canada’s largest employers, operating in over 600 communities from coast to coast, and directly employing 230,000 Canadians across the country.


Graphic Packaging International

Sponsor of Student Participation



Michigan State University

Sponsor of Student Participation



NSF International Strategic Registrations

Sponsor of Networking Break

NSF International is a leading registrar for SFI for pulp, paper and wood products industries, partnering with organizations ranging from small lumber mills to larger wood-products facilities across North America. NSF-ISR, a division of NSF International, is a top registrar for ISO 14001 and ISO 9001. NSF International offers certification to the SBP (Sustainable Biomass Program) Framework for wood pellet manufacturers. Other services include SFI, PEFC, ATFS, and joint FSC certifications, as well as OHSAS 18001, landfill-free, GHG climate services and environmental claim verifications. 


Quebec SFI Implementation Committee

Sponsor of Student Participation




Sponsor of Networking Break & Exhibition



SAPPI Fine Paper North America

Sponsor of Networking Break & Student Participation

At Sappi, we take a holistic view of our environmental responsibilities—from harvest through manufacturing, distribution, end use, recycling and disposal.  Headquartered in Boston, Sappi North America is a market leader in converting wood fiber into superior products that customers demand worldwide. Our coated fine papers, with highly recognized brand names such as McCoy, Opus, Somerset and Flo, are used in premium magazines, catalogs and high-end print advertising. We are a leading manufacturer of Specialised Cellulose used in a wide range of products, including textile fibers and household goods, as well as one of the world's leading suppliers of Release Papers for the automotive, fashion and engineered films industries. Our Specialty Packaging products represent an important asset in the food packaging and labeling industries. And thanks to our recent capital investment at our Somerset mill, we’ll be introducing new innovative packaging solutions using state-of-the-art technology.

Sappi North America is a subsidiary of Sappi Limited (JSE), a global company headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, with more than 12,000 employees and manufacturing operations on three continents in seven countries and customers in over 150 countries around the world. Learn more about Sappi at: www.sappi.com.


Sustainable Biomass Program

Sponsor of Student Participation

The Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP) is a unique certification system designed for woody biomass, mostly in the form of wood pellets and woodchips, used in industrial, large-scale energy production. SBP's vision is an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable woody biomass supply chain that contributes to a low carbon economy. SBP enables energy producers to demonstrate that woody biomass they use is sourced from legal and sustainable sources.


Western Canada SFI Implementation Committee

Sponsor of Student Participation

The Western Canada SFI Implementation Committee (WCSIC) is sponsoring two university students to attend the SFI annual conference, to increase their awareness and understanding of the values that sustainably managed forests deliver to our landscapes, communities and marketplaces. The 37 WCSIC participants manage over 47 million hectares, or 116 million acres of forests certified to the SFI Forest Management Standard, throughout British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. SICs help bring this North American standard down to a regional level by providing support for research and education and through forums that provide information about on-the-ground practice of sustainable forest management. Committees are made up of SFI Program Participant forest managers and forest product manufacturers, conservation and community organizations, universities, government agencies, Indigenous peoples, and many others.