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Cultural Survival Areas: Lessons from the 42nd Annual National Indian Timber Symposium

By Rocco Saracina, June 21, 2018

I had the opportunity to attend the 42nd Annual National Indian Timber Symposium earlier this month. The InterTribal Timber Council coordinates the event, which is hosted by a different tribe each year. This year we were welcomed onto the lands of the Quinault Indian Nation along the northern shores of Washington State. The council is…

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Reflections from the 41st Intertribal Timber Symposium: Sustainability as a Tradition

By Rocco Saracina, July 25, 2017

As I travel from tradeshows to conferences, and even chat with family and friends, and attempt to explain the Sustainable Forestry Initiative’s (SFI) core mission, I’ve noticed a recurring theme. To paraphrase, people remark that “it’s a great time to be in sustainability because going green is so important these days.” Sustainability is on the…

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2015 SFI Annual Conference Student Scholars: Celebrating the Past, Looking Towards the Future

By Rocco Saracina, October 27, 2015

  I can’t clearly remember what I was doing 20 years ago. I’d like to think that I was exploring the local forest, as eight-year-old boys do… turning over a log in search of a salamander, though likely finding a far less interesting leopard slug. Around that same time, SFI’s founders were embarking on a…

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Forest Are the Solution: A Vision of the Future at Earth Day Texas

By Rocco Saracina, April 30, 2015

Fear and uncertainty surrounds much of how we think about our planet. It seems that every week there is new information focused on imminent extinctions, critical resource depletion, or insurmountable ecological degradation. We fear that humanity is too late, that we have done too little, and we’re uncertain that our environment will continue to serve…

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A Legacy Worth Reflecting On: Heirs Property Preservation for African Americans in the U.S. South

By Rocco Saracina, April 14, 2015

SFI is known for constantly striving to improve sustainable forest management, elevate conservation, strengthen communities, and ultimately leave behind a legacy of vibrant future forests. Less well known are SFI’s efforts to promote another type of legacy — heir’s property preservation among African American forest landowners. Research shows that loss of land and declining asset…