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Trianosky to Lead SFI Conservation Partnership Program

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The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), Washington, D.C.., USA, reports that conservation professional Paul Trianosky has joined SFI as senior director of conservation partnerships. Trianosky brings nearly 30 years of diverse leadership experience in forest conservation, nonprofit management, and forest certification to SFI.

This year, Trianosky was recognized as a "Conservation Hero" by The Nature Conservancy of West Virginia, and he has served as a gubernatorial appointee to the Tennessee Forestry Commission since 2004. He most recently worked at the American Forest Foundation, where he served as director of southern forest conservation. In that role, he developed and implemented strategies to engage family landowners in AFF's programs and services across the southern region.

Prior to joining AFF, Trianosky spent 18 years in various positions with The Nature Conservancy. He was a co-founder and first chairman of the Partnership for Southern Forestland Conservation, a partnership to leverage the work of dozens of public, private, and non-profit organizations to achieve conservation of 20 million acres of working forest by 2020. He has also worked as a county forester with the Virginia Department of Forestry and as a natural community ecologist with the West Virginia Natural Heritage Program.

In 2010, SFI first invested $400,000 to create the SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program to foster partnerships and conservation research that improve forest management in the U.S. and Canada, and responsible procurement globally. In a few short years, by leveraging partner contributions, SFI has achieved a total investment of $4.8 million in conservation partnerships and research, supporting more than 40 grants with 150 partners across North America.


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