Sustainable Forestry Initiative adds four board members
By Sustainable Forestry Initiative
April 20, 2015 - The Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI) is pleased to announce that four leaders have been elected to the independent board of directors. Joining the board are Mary Klein, president and CEO, NatureServe; Guy Gleysteen, senior vice-president, Time Inc.; Bettina Ring, state forester, Virginia; and Steve Bullard, Dean, Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, Stephen F. Austin State University.
April 20, 2015
By Sustainable Forestry Initiative
“We are so pleased to welcome Mary, Guy, Bettina, and Steve. As a conservationist, a brand manager, a state forester and an academic, their respective experience in the environmental, public and private sectors will be an important asset to our diverse SFI Board,” said Kathy Abusow, president and CEO of SFI Inc. “They will help SFI further enhance the vital link between healthy forests, responsible purchasing, and sustainable communities.”
SFI’s 18-member, multi-stakeholder board of directors comprises three chambers, representing environmental, economic and social interests equally. In addition to the appointment of four new members, Craig Blair, president and CEO of Resources Management Service, LLC, has been elected as chair and Greg Siekaniec, CEO of Ducks Unlimited Canada, as vice-chair of the board. The SFI board’s diversity and independence allows it to play a meaningful role at the intersection of sustainable forests and thriving communities.
Mary Klein, president and CEO, NatureServe
At NatureServe, a non-profit organization that provides high-quality scientific expertise for conservation, she leads an international network of more than 1,000 conservation professionals. Her team responds to more than six million information inquiries each year. Mary guides the identification, mapping, and analysis of species and ecosystems. This knowledge is used by governments, companies and conservation organizations to direct limited resources towards the conservation of the earth’s most unique and imperiled places.
“Working forest lands provide important habitat for wildlife, and I am proud to support land managers who commit to sustainable forestry through SFI certification,” said Klein, “I am looking forward to working with the professional staff at SFI to encourage even broader adoption of the best practices embodied in the certification standard.”
Guy Gleysteen, Senior Vice President, Time Inc.
Guy is also the chairman of the board for GreenBlue, a non-profit organization that works with businesses to make products more sustainable. He has also served as chairman of the IDEAlliance board of directors.
“It’s a privilege to be joining the Board of SFI Inc.,” said Gleysteen. “Their programs, projects and research have established SFI as a leading voice in support of sustainable forestry, and I look forward to the opportunity to help support the board and SFI achieve their goals.”
Bettina Ring, state forester, Virginia Department of Forestry
Bettina has worked in various leadership positions within non-profit organizations focusing on natural resources management and conservation, including the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts, The Wilderness Land Trust and the Bay Area Open Space Council.
“The sustainability of forest resources is one of the most important issues facing our nation. SFI has been a long-time leader on sustainability and I’m honored to be on the SFI board,” said Ring. “I look forward to helping SFI advance its conservation goals and further strengthen its partnerships.”
Steve Bullard, Dean, Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, Stephen F. Austin State University
“I am truly honoured to serve as a member of the SFI board of directors. My perspective as an executive committee member of NAUFRP, including serving as president recently, will help me to communicate the rigor and relevance of university-based forestry research, teaching, and service. The overall objective of my service on the board, of course, will be to help SFI achieve goals and objectives that address forest sustainability across continents,” said Bullard.
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