SCHEDULE

Note: All times subject to change.

JUNE 14: TUESDAY – ALL TIMES CST

2:00 – 2:45 PM

WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS

This session will set the stage for the conference with an overview of our theme, intended outcomes, and the impact of forest-based collaborative solutions.

Kathy Abusow

President and CEO
Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Mike Doss

President and CEO
Graphic Packaging International and SFI Board Chair
2:45 – 3:15 PM

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Buddy Huffaker has been instrumental in leading Aldo Leopold Foundation’s efforts to advance a Land Ethic, including stewarding the Leopold Shack and Farm National Historic Landmark, and advocating for a conservation ethic, for over 20 years. Learn how the Foundation balances ecological, economic, and cultural values in managing their own property and engaging neighboring landowners and has benefited from greater collaboration, innovation, and community connections. Be further inspired to continue to address this convergence, which stands in front of all of us, for positive change.

Buddy Huffaker

President
The Aldo Leopold Foundation
3:15 – 3:45 PM

NETWORKING BREAK #1

3:45 – 5:00 PM

COLLABORATING TO MEET ESG TARGETS

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) frameworks are becoming increasingly important to investors, policy makers, regulators, consumers, employees, and civil society. Learn about the importance of ESG to investors, the forest sector’s evolution to meet ESG targets, and how SFI’s programs offer additional value in ESG/sustainability reporting.

Moderator:
Bettina Ring

Chief Sustainability and Diversity Officer
Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Sean Steuart

Managing Director, Equity Research
TD Securities

Nadia Bishai

Associate Director, Forests and Land-use
CDP

Rich Hutchinson

Managing Director and Senior Partner, Social Impact Practice
Boston Consulting Group
5:00 – 7:00 PM

NETWORKING RECEPTION

JUNE 15: WEDNESDAY – ALL TIMES CST

7:00 – 8:30 AM

5K FUN RUN AND YOGA

9:00 – 10:15 AM

FIRE AND CLIMATE RESILIENCY: HEALTHY FORESTS AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Sustainably managed forests are among our most important tools for addressing climate change and wildfire risk. Learn how SFI-certified organizations are addressing new SFI requirements on Climate Smart Forestry and Fire Resilience and Awareness. This session will also explore the role of education in engaging the public on the role of responsibly managed forests as climate and wildfire solutions.

Moderator:
Nadine Block

Senior VP, Community and Government Relations
Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Steve Rigdon

General Manager
Yakama Forest Products

Matt Schnabel

Environmental Education Coordinator
SC Forestry Commission

Kari Stuart-Smith

Manager, Biodiversity and Wildlife
Canfor
10:15 – 10:45 AM

NETWORKING BREAK #2

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM CST

ADVANCING OPPORTUNITIES FOR DIVERSE COMMUNITIES IN THE FOREST SECTOR

Transformative solutions are needed to create more inclusive, sustainable communities. Learn about efforts by SFI and partners to support career awareness, recruitment, mentorship, and other opportunities that will help the forest and conservation sector advance a diverse and resilient workforce.

Moderator:
Jerri Taylor

Director, Diversity in Career Pathways
Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Beattra Wilson

Assistant Director, Urban and Community Forestry
USDA Forest Service

Jasmine Brown

PhD Candidate
Michigan State University

Linda Alvarez Moon

Assistant Director, Communications and Marketing
Texas A&M Forest Service
12:00 – 1:15 PM

SFI NETWORKING LUNCH

12:00 – 1:15 PM

PLT NETWORKING LUNCH

1:15 – 2:15 PM

COLLABORATING FOR COMMUNITIES AND FORESTS

We will officially kick off the joint portion of our conference with a welcome from national and local leaders. We will also present the SFI Leadership in Conservation Award.

Kathy Abusow

President and CEO
Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Ho-Chunk Nation Representative

Randy Moore

Chief
USDA Forest Service

Heather Berklund

Chief State Foresters
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
2:15 – 3:15 PM

FOREST LITERACY — GROWING FOREST LITERATE CITIZENS

It is critical that society understands the values and benefits of forests. By gaining forest literacy, people acquire the tools and knowledge they need to keep our forests sustainable over the long term, while continuing to benefit from them. Wwill explore the role of the private and public sectors in supporting a forest literate society and available tools to advance that goal.

Moderator:
Jess Kaknevicius

VP, Education
Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Deb Fillis Ryba

Global Director of CSR and Sustainability
NicePak and PDI

Kirsten Held

Forestry Outreach Specialist
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
3:15 – 3:45 PM

NETWORKING BREAK #3

3:45 – 5:00 PM

URBAN AND COMMUNITY FORESTS: COLLABORATING FOR ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL HEALTH

Urban and community forests deliver social, environmental, and economic benefits including improved health and well-being, social cohesion and accessibility, outdoor learning environments, climate change solutions, reduced air pollution, and improved urban design.  Explore how urban and community forests provide opportunities to engage new audiences through management practices and education tools.

Moderator:
Paul Johnson

Senior Director, Urban and Community Forestry
Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Asia Dowtin

Assistant Professor of Urban and Community Forestry
Michigan State University

Dan Lambe

Chief Executive
Arbor Day Foundation, and
SFI Board Chair

Betsy Ukeritis

New York PLT State Coordinator
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Bureau of Environmental Education
6:00 – 10:00 PM

SFI AND PLT OFFSITE EVENT

JUNE 16: THURSDAY – ALL TIMES CST

9:00 – 10:30 AM

CONCURRENT SESSION A: BUILDING A PROGRESSIVE  INDIGENOUS RELATIONS TRAINING PROGRAM 

The SFI 2022 Forest Management Standard requires SFI-Certified organizations to provide training to personnel and contractors to ensure that Indigenous Peoples’ rights are fully recognized and respected. Given the immense diversity among Indigenous Peoples and SFI-Certified organizations alike, there is simply no one-size-fits-all approach to Indigenous Relations training that will be appropriate in all circumstances. This interactive armchair discussion with forest sector leaders and tribal representatives will help navigate this complexity by illuminating key insights and common considerations that can be used to build an Indigenous Relations training program that is tailored to your own organization’s unique priorities and operating environment.

Paul Robitaille

Sr. Director of Indigenous Relations
Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Jacob Handel

Sr. Director of Indigenous Relations
Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Ana Leirner

Instructional Designer, Adult Learning
Sustainable Forestry Initiative

CONCURRENT SESSION B: INFORMATION SESSION: SFI 2022 CHAIN OF CUSTODY ENHANCEMENTS, PEFC ENDORSEMENT BENEFITS, AND SFI’S GLOBAL LABEL

The SFI 2022 Chain-of-Custody Standard has met the rigorous third-party assessment for the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). Organizations certified to SFI’s 2022 Chain-of-Custody Standard can now use PEFC logos and claims, giving them more options to meet customer demand around the world. This interactive information session includes time for discussion after short presentations on enhancements to the SFI Chain-of-Custody Standard, benefits of PEFC endorsement, and information on the SFI Label Recognizing Global Standards.

Jason Metnick

Senior VP, Customer Affairs
Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Gregor Macintosh

Senior Director, Standards
Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Rachel Dierolf

Director, Standards Reporting and Label Use
Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Rebecca Barnard

Forestry Certification Manager
Sappi North America

CONCURRENT SESSION C: TEACHING FORESTRY TO KIDS THROUGH PLT FOR FORESTRY PROFESSIONALS AND NON-EDUCATORS

Teachers often call their local forestry professionals for help in the classroom. To help forestry professionals share their knowledge with students, the Minnesota DNR Forestry Outreach Team has been offering an annual SAF-approved course called Teaching Forestry to Kids with PLT activities and guides. Learn how this course equips forestry professionals to ask teachers the right questions, understand different age groups and how children learn, pick appropriate lessons, help with a field day, and set up a community event. Forestry professionals are terrific PLT allies because they live where the schools are.

Session Leader:
Rocco Saracina

Senior Manager, PLT Network
Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Laura Duffey

PLT State Coordinator
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources – Forestry

Karen Harrison

School Forest Specialist
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
10:30 – 11:00 AM

NETWORKING BREAK #4

11:00 – 11:45 AM

CONSERVATION IMPACT — A DECADE OF SUCCESS

Research and relevancy of outcomes are central to SFI’s mission to advance sustainability. This session will review two critical projects which contributed to SFI’s Conservation Impact portfolio, and which are included in the recently released report: “SFI’s Conservation Impact: A Decade of Success”. These projects serve as a window into the importance of this groundbreaking body of work, foreshadowing the afternoon Conservation Impact Sounding Board meeting. Learn how Conservation Impact is changing the perception of how forest and fiber supply chains can drive conservation outcomes relative to climate change, biodiversity and water.

Paul Trianosky

Chief Conservation Officer
Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Dr. Healy Hamilton

Chief Scientist
NatureServe

Dr. Darren Miller

Vice President Forestry Programs
NCASI
11:50 – 12:00 PM

SFI CLOSING REMARKS

12:00 – 1:00 PM

SFI CLOSING LUNCHEON

12:30 – 4:30 PM

SFI SIDE MEETINGS

12:30 – 4:30 PM

CONSERVATION IMPACT SOUNDING BOARD WORKSHOP

(open to all)

Following a buffet lunch with NatureServe, this session will review two critical projects which contributed to SFI’s Conservation Impact portfolio, and which are included in the report: “SFI’s Conservation Impact: A Decade of Success” (scheduled for release in early June). These projects serve as a window into the importance of this groundbreaking body of work, foreshadowing the afternoon Conservation Impact Sounding Board Workshop. Learn how Conservation Impact is changing the perception of how forest and fiber supply chains can drive conservation outcomes relative to climate change, biodiversity and water. Click here to register.

1:30 – 4:30 PM

SFI IMPLEMENTATION COMMITTEES GENERAL SESSION

(open to all SFI Implementation committee members and partners)

SFI Implementation Committee members and partners will convene to:

  • Hear PLT Keynote speaker and consider ideas for collaboration
  • Discuss best practices relative to coordination on the standards, logger training, and community grants
  • Learn about 2022 conservation grant projects relative to climate smart forestry and fire resiliency
1:00 – 1:45 PM

PLT KEYNOTE: WISCONSIN SCHOOL PROGRAM – OVER 90 YEARS OF CONNECTING STUDENTS WITH OUTDOOR LEARNING

(Open to PLT network only)

Brought to Wisconsin from Australia by Dean Russell in 1925, school forests have been a thriving part of environmental education in Wisconsin for almost 100 years. Gretchen Marshal who leads the state-wide program will speak on the program’s history and the importance of school forests and the partnerships between schools and their communities.

Opening Remarks:
Kathy Abusow

President and CEO
Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Gretchen Marshall

Wisconsin School Forest Program Coordinator
LEAF program – Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education, Stevens Point
1:45 – 2:00 PM

BREAK

2:00 – 3:45 PM

PLT PLENARY SESSION AND BREAKOUT SESSION

(Open to PLT network only)

In the last few years, PLT has released many new resources for educators, namely: Green Jobs: Exploring Forest Careers, Explore Your Environment: K-8 Activity Guide, and Trees & Me: Activities for Exploring Nature with Young Children, along with our Activity Collections offering bite-size sections pulled from these resources. This session focuses on supporting the implementation of these resources at the state level. The session is divided into two parts: first, attendees will experience activities from PLT’s newest resources. Next, attendees will participate in a collaborative planning session for implementing the resource of their choice into their state program.

Ana Leirner

Instructional Designer, Adult Learning
Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Kate Nagle

Director, Education & PLT Network
Sustainable Forestry Initiative
3:45 – 4:00 PM

BREAK

4:00 – 5:30 PM

PLT REGIONAL BREAKOUTS

(Open to PLT network only)

6:00 – 9:00 PM

PLT OFFSITE EVENT

(Open to PLT network only)

JUNE 17: FRIDAY – ALL TIMES CST

(Open to PLT network only)

9:00 AM – 9:50 AM

PLT GENERAL SESSION: ADVANCING GREEN CAREER PATHWAYS IN K-12 EDUCATION

(Open to PLT network only)

Early introduction and frequent exposure to green jobs is important to the forestry and education sectors⁠—and necessary for the future health of the planet. Learn more about how PLT supports advancing green career pathways in K-12 education with this informative session.

Jerri Taylor

Director, Diversity in Career Pathways
Sustainable Forestry Initiative
9:50 – 10:00 AM

BREAK/TRANSITION TIME

10:00 AM – 12:10 PM

PLT NETWORK CONCURRENT SESSION A1: YOU CAN MAKE THAT WITH TREES?

(Open to PLT network only)

Hear from a panel of USDA Forest Service Research Scientists from the Forest Products Lab and Wood Education Resource Center about current forest products research. Then, engage in a discussion around supplementing PLT activities by highlighting the technology and engineering of tree harvesting and forest product development, as well as connections to Green Jobs.

Susan Cox

Conservation Education Coordinator
USDA Forest Service

Rachel Bayer

Environmental Education Specialist
USDA Forest Service

PLT NETWORK CONCURRENT SESSION A2: REACHING SCHOOLS AND SCHOOL DISTRICTS WITH PLT

(Open to PLT network only)

Learn strategies and tools to build relationships with schools and school districts at the local level. Participants will be able to name multiple strategies for engaging schools and school districts and understand the importance learning and incorporating standards and phenomenon-based learning into workshop design.

Ashley Hoffman

Executive Director
Kentucky Association for Environmental Education

Laura Downey

Executive Director
Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education

PLT NETWORK CONCURRENT SESSION B: ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE AND CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE TEACHING FOR K-12 EDUCATORS

(Open to PLT network only)

Join ecoRise and PLT Facilitators for a workshop designed to foster environmental justice (EJ) literacy and develop the knowledge and skills necessary to engage with a wide range of stakeholders on topics relating to equity and justice. Through interactive activities and facilitated discussions, participants will develop an understanding of EJ history and concepts, explore the disproportionate impacts of environmental hazards on communities of color, and begin to cultivate the mindset necessary to integrate EJ into professional learning experiences for educators across the US.

Abby Randall

Deputy Director
EcoRise

Helen Toledo

Project Specialist
EcoRise

PLT NETWORK CONCURRENT SESSION C: TREES & ME & YOU

(Open to PLT network only)

Learn from PLT Coordinators from three different states about developing Trees & Me professional development events for your state. Participants will learn to apply a plan of action to integrate Trees & Me professional development into their state program next year, communicate the values of Trees & Me, and create effective PD events focused on PLT’s new Trees & Me resource.

Jack Hilgert

Conservation Education Assistant
Nebraska Forest Service
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Forestry All 202E

Renee Strnad

Environmental Educator
North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension – Forestry
North Carolina Forestry Association, North Carolina Division of Forestry

Matt Schnabel

Environmental Education Coordinator
South Carolina Forestry Commission
12:20 – 1:30 PM

PLT AWARDS LUNCHEON

1:30 – 1:40 PM CST

BREAK/TRANSITION TIME

1:40 – 2:40 PM

PLT CONCURRENT SESSION A: EXCITING AND EFFECTIVE PLT EXPERIENCES FOR PRE-SERVICE EDUCATORS

(Open to PLT network only)

Creating exciting PLT experiences for pre-service teachers can help them become more confident in integrating environmental education into their future classrooms. In this discussion session, we will hear examples of how experienced faculty from UW-Stevens Point, University of Florida, and St. Petersburg College use PLT with future formal and non-formal educators. Participants will have opportunities to ask questions about strategies like peer-to-peer instruction, teaching PLT lessons at local schools, college students co-facilitating PLT workshops for the community, and analyzing PLT lessons to learn about standards. Participants will also hear some pointers about managing sections containing diverse grade-level and content area teachers, as well as how to integrate PLT’s e-units into preservice instruction. Participants will be invited to share their own strategies and experiences, and time will be given to reflect and strategize your own state’s preservice outreach plan.

Dr. Kendra Liddicoat

Associate Professor and Discipline Coordinator
UWSP Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management

Dr. Becca Franzen

Associate Professor
UWSP Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management

Nicole Filizetti

LEAF Sustainable Forestry Education Program Development Specialist
LEAF, Wisconsin K-12 Forestry Education Program

Elise Cassie

Assistant Coordinator, Florida PLT
University of Florida School of Forest, Fisheries & Geomatics Sciences

Robert Raze

Professor, College of Education, St. Petersburg College
Chair, FL PLT Steering Committee

PLT CONCURRENT SESSION B: MINI WORKSHOPS 101 – TAKING A BITE-SIZED PIECE OUT OF PLT

(Open to PLT network only)

Learn how to host mini-workshops that can serve as a great entry point for new participants and create accessible opportunities to introduce PLT Materials.

Danielle Ardrey

Conservation & Youth Education Specialist
Colorado State Forest Service

Jack Hilgert

Conservation Education Assistant, Nebraska Forest Service
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

PLT CONCURRENT SESSION C: PLT GO VIRTUAL! STRATEGIES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR VIRTUAL AND BLENDED PD EVENTS

(Open to PLT network only)

In this collaborative working session, participants will have the unique opportunity to work side-by-side with PLT staff and fellow Coordinators on strategies to leverage online and blended learning to meet their program outcomes for PLT Facilitators and Educators. This session will focus on incorporating new and existing tools and resources, including the opportunity to discuss the potential use of digital badges.

Ana Leirner

Instructional Designer, Adult Learning
Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Shuya Huang

Coordinator, Education Systems
Sustainable Forestry Initiative

PLT CONCURRENT SESSION D: REACHING UNDERREPRESENTED POPULATIONS IN CAREER PATHWAYS THROUGH K-12 EDUCATION ROUNDTABLE.

(Open to PLT network only)

An informal roundtable with PLT State Coordinators will be held to collect insights and feedback on opportunities and potential barriers to reaching marginalized communities with PLT programming to increase access to green career pathways. If you are interested in participating, please check in with Jerri on Thursday or Friday before the session. You can e-mail her at jerri.taylor@forests.org.

Jerri Taylor

Director, Diversity in Career Pathways
Sustainable Forestry Initiative
2:50 PM – 3:30 PM

PLT CLOSING REMARKS

(Open to PLT network only)

General Info, Registration, and Sponsorships:
Amy Doty
SFI Program Questions:
Nadine Block

Senior VP, Community and Government Relations
Tel: 202-596-3456
PLT Program Questions:
Kate Nagle

Director, Education and PLT Network
Tel: 202-984-9571
Are you a student or young professional?
SFI is sponsoring a small delegation of students and young professionals (aged 18–30) to attend the SFI/PLT Annual Conference and participate in a four-month mentorship program. This all-expenses-paid opportunity will cover conference registration, travel, food, and hotel costs. There are limited spots available in the program, so interested individuals should understand that there is no guarantee they will be accepted into the program if they apply.
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