Posted: October 21, 2021

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI) recently announced the launch of a partnership to develop a new SFI Urban and Community Forest Sustainability Standard for application in North America and potentially globally.

SFI will collaborate with five urban forestry leaders: American Forests, Arbor Day Foundation, the International Society of Arboriculture, the Society of Municipal Arborists, and Tree Canada.

“The SFI network is looking forward to collaborating with our urban forestry partners to promote the establishment of sustainable urban and community forests that meet local needs, while meaningfully contributing to national, bi-national, and global initiatives such as the 2 Billion Tree initiative in Canada,” says Kathy Abusow, SFI President and CEO. “Together, with these leaders, I’m confident SFI will positively contribute to urban forestry initiatives across North America and globally.”

SFI’s commitment to developing an urban and community forestry standard goes beyond the launch of this new partnership; it is also embodied in the decision to create a new staff position, Director of Urban and Community Forestry. Paul Johnson assumed this new role on March 15. Johnson brings over 20 years of urban and community forestry experience and deep connections to an international network of partners to his new role. The new SFI Urban and Community Forest Sustainability Standard is expected to be finalized and launched in May 2022.

For more information about the Pennsylvania SFI Implementation Committee, visit the website at www.sfiofpa.org or call 888-734-9366.

Written by Chuck Coup, PA SFI Implementation Committee Program Manager

Center for Private Forests

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416 Forest Resources Building
University Park, PA 16802

Center for Private Forests

Address

416 Forest Resources Building
University Park, PA 16802