Register for both the 2024 SFI Annual Conference and the Conservation Impact Workshop OR only the stand-alone, free, and open-to-all Workshop. If you have already registered for the conference but didn’t register for the Workshop, please use this link to register.

This year, the SFI Conservation Impact Workshop has a thematic focus on the development and application of biodiversity data and tools to support the conservation objectives of the SFI standards. The morning is divided into two sessions:

Part I will survey a range of Certified Organizations and some of their many partners to demonstrate approaches for accessing and applying biodiversity data in sustainable forest management and procurement. We will discuss topics such as new knowledge products on species and habitats of concern, data collection and sharing, and tools for ease of data use and reporting.  The program includes hearing from SFI staff, Certified Organizations, NatureServe, Natural Heritage Programs, and experts from organizations such as Atlanta Botanic Garden and SkyTec LLC, as well as panel discussions with open audience Q & A, interactive surveys, and opportunity for commentary.

Part II will provide an update and invite feedback on the evolving direction of the SFI Conservation Impact Project.

This event is open to all and free to attend! The event occurs immediately after the SFI Annual Conference but does not overlap. Participants are encouraged to attend both but conference participation is not required to join the Conservation Impact Workshop.


  1. Understand available resources and applications from various perspectives of biodiversity data implementation in relation to forest management and fiber sourcing certification requirements.
  2. Explore how SFI’s Conservation Impact Project research and partnerships can help address your sustainability needs and provide nature-positive solutions.
  3. Learn to use SFI conservation research to communicate the environmental benefits of forest management and your SFI certification.
  4. Contribute perspectives to guide future SFI conservation research and collaborations to ensure usefulness for certified organizations and verifiers in fulfillment of SFI standards.


Andy Carroll

Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer
Skytec, LLC

Dr. Emily Coffey

Vice President of Conservation and Research
Atlanta Botanical Garden

Allison Gratz

Director of Network Relations

Chad Leatherwood

Senior Sustainability Transformation Manager

Joseph Lemeris

GIS/Data Manager
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Natural Heritage Program

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Lauren Cooper

Chief Conservation Officer
Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Dr. Healy Hamilton

Chief Scientist
Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Darren Sleep

Lead Scientist
Sustainable Forestry Initiative