Released last week, the 2016 SFI Progress Report – Linking Future Forests to Communities – tells the story of how responsible forestry is helping improve our shared quality of life. The 400 different conservation and research projects reported by SFI Program Participants in 2015, up from 291 projects in 2014, is just one of the powerful stories outlined in this year’s report. These projects, involving more than 500 partner organizations, benefit communities, habitats and multiple species, ranging from woodpeckers and salmon to bears and caribou.
These projects are also part of a much bigger story. SFI is working toward a future where the global forest community has addressed deforestation and illegal logging and given people a sense of pride in purchasing forest products derived from a responsibly managed renewable resource. “I think our progress report can be viewed as a guidepost to delivering on the promise of that future forest,” said Kathy Abusow, President and CEO of SFI Inc.