I’m excited to report that Oregon State Forester Marvin Brown has been elected SFI Chair. As Oregon State Forester, Brown brings extensive knowledge and background of forest certification and policymaking to the position. He has also worked closely with SFI in the past and has an understanding of the organization’s needs. Brown first became involved with SFI in 1995, as State Forester in Missouri, and was part of the first SFI External Review Panel.
Two other new people have also joined the 18-member board. Chris Wood, President and CEO of Trout Unlimited, has joined the board’s environmental chamber. William V. Street Jr. has joined the social chamber and represents labor. Street is Director of the Woodworkers Department for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.
SFI Inc.’s three chamber Board of Directors represents environmental groups social and economic interests equally. Board members include representatives of government (like Marvin) labor (William) environmental (Chris), conservation, professional and academic groups, independent professional loggers, small family forest owners, labor and the forest products companies.
Congratulations to the new members, and we look forward to their continued contributions to the advancement of responsible forestry. You can read the full release and backgrounder on the board changes here.