LOUISIANA SFI IMPLEMENTATION COMMITTEE
Partners with American Bird Conservancy for Birds and Sustainable Forestry
Managed Forests for Birds: Spreading the Word Across the Landscape
Why this Project Matters
Fostering a better understanding of the conservation value of managed forests for bird populations delivers myriad benefits. These benefits include enhancing sustainable forest management techniques and building support for the role of managed forests in bird conservation. This project, led by the American Bird Conservancy (ABC), will deliver a workshop in Louisiana to facilitate an open discussion of forest management and bird habitat conditions among SFI Program Participants, forest owners, and wildlife, forestry, and harvesting professionals.
Why is SFI Involved?
The SFI Community Engagement Grant Program is supporting this project. This project aligns with SFI’s objectives to conserve biological diversity, enhance wildlife habitat, and strengthen relationships between the forestry and conservation communities. It also has the potential to be scaled up and shared across SFI’s continent-wide footprint. The project will complement an ongoing ABC project Bringing Back the Forest Birds, Phase II, which is supported by SFI funding. It will also support a new SFI Conservation grant proposal, to host forester workshops with large landowners to learn how their forest management practices impact bird populations.
How the Project Builds SFI Community Engagement
This project will elevate and enrich the link between people and forests by engaging both natural resource professionals, who live and work in local communities, as well as family forest owners. It will also identify opportunities to promote the project with state and local civic and professional organizations and through state and local news outlets.
Bringing together partners from the forest industry, forest management, wildlife management, bird conservation, and the Louisiana SFI Implementation Committee, will ensure that the project represents the many perspectives and interests required for effective forest sustainability practices. Participants include influential representatives of forest ownership and management. These diverse project partners will also ensure that the project leverages resources and makes the right connections for a productive workshop that can be replicated for additional scale and impact.
This partnership includes researchers, conservationists, government, and SFI Program Participants.
- Project lead: American Bird Conservancy (ABC)
- Sustainable Forestry Initiative
- Louisiana SFI Implementation Committee
- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
- International Paper (SFI Program Participant)
- Walsh Timber Company
- West Fraser Timber Company (SFI Program Participant)