SFI earns national conservation award

SFI earns national conservation award

EDGEFIELD, SC - This is a news release from NWTF

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. received a national award from the National Wild Turkey Federation for promoting responsible forest management and wood procurement and manufacturing practices for the benefit of the nation's forests, wildlife and people.

Paul Trianosky, SFI chief conservation officer, accepted the Land Stewardship award during the 40th annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show. RAM is the official show sponsor.

"It is an absolute pleasure to receive the NWTF Land Stewardship Award. SFI, and the natural resource managers that utilize the SFI Standards, understand the importance of collaboration in achieving shared goals of habitat management and conservation. Our partnership with NWTF exemplifies the best of such partnerships, and illustrates SFI's commitment to balance environmental, social and economic interests to meet the needs of wildlife, forests and the communities that rely on them," Trianosky said.

The NWTF determined this year's award winners based on how their work strengthens the organization's new Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative. SFI and the NWTF recently signed a national partnership for cooperation and collaboration to promote youth education, community outreach, use of SFI-certified products and well-managed forests that provide wildlife habitat, clean water and recreational access.

"Our partnership with SFI has been mutually beneficial," said George Thornton, NWTF CEO. "They are actively helping us achieve our Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. goals and are truly deserving of this award."

SFI is responsible for maintaining, overseeing and improving its internationally recognized certification program. In the U.S. and Canada, 270 million acres are certified to the SFI forest management standard. Over 95 percent of these acres are available to the public for recreation and hunting.