Westminster, CO — The Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI) announced the 2018 SFI Dr. Sharon Haines Memorial Award For Innovation and Leadership in Sustainability at the SFI Annual Conference today. Jay Jensen, Director of the Southern Regional Office at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is this year’s winner.
“This is a true surprise and its extremely gratifying. SFI sets such a strong sustainable forestry exampleto follow and to be recognized by such a body is truly a humbling experience. My thanks to the peopleand the teams and the collaborators I’ve worked with over the years who helped make this possible.”Jensen said.
The award, created by SFI and sustainability leader International Paper, celebrates Dr. Sharon Haines,who was International Paper’s Director of the Office of Sustainability before her sudden passing in 2007. The award pays tribute to Sharon’s legacy by recognizing individuals or teams who have demonstrated a forward-thinking approach to sustainability and fostering collaboration.
“Jay Jensen embodies the collaborative and innovative spirit that Sharon brought to her life’s work.Throughout his career, Jay has been known for working in close cooperation with outside stakeholders to foster relationships built to achieve sustainability goals,” said Paul Trianosky, Chief Conservation Officer at SFI. “Jay is also a thought leader when it comes to developing long-term, science-based conservation programs with measurable outcomes that ‘move the needle’ for key species and issues.”
Jensen runs NFWF’s Southern Regional Office, which addresses conservation priorities in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. NFWF’s work on standardized metrics echoes SFI’s own work to clarify the contribution of working forests to measure landscape-level conservation outcomes. NFWF’s work to restore and conserve southern forests has also been particularly noteworthy and intersects well with the spirit of collaboration represented by the Sharon Haines Award.
“Jay’s leadership and collaborative spirit have been most evident through Forestland Stewards, International Paper’s partnership with NFWF,” said Tom Cleves, International Paper’s Vice President of Global Citizenship. “His expertise has guided our progress toward
Another signature effort benefitting from Jensen’s guidance is the Longleaf Stewardship Fund. This longstanding NFWF program expands, enhances and accelerates longleaf pine ecosystem restorationacross longleaf pine’s historical range. This precedent setting public-private partnership includes support from the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Forest Service, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and private funding from Southern Company, InternationalPaper’s Forestland Stewards partnership and Altria Group, as well as the American Forest Foundation and the Orton Foundation.
Prior to joining NFWF in 2015, Jensen served as the Associate Director for Land and Water for the White House Council on Environmental Quality and also as the Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment in the U.S. Department of Agriculture.