The Sustaining Family Forests Initiative is a collaboration between the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Center for Nonprofit Strategies, aimed at gaining and disseminating comprehensive knowledge about family forest owners throughout the United States. The basis of our work is to apply a social marketing approach—the use of commercial marketing techniques to affect positive social change—as a promising means by which to influence family forest owners to take steps to conserve and sustainably manage their land. We primarily do this through our program Tools for Engaging Landowners Effectively (TELE). Since launching TELE in 2010, we have trained over 1,400 natural resource professionals in landowner outreach. These professionals work in 39 states and represent more than 500 organizations, primarily state forestry and natural resources agencies and their conservation and stewardship partners. 


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August 27, 2018
The Sustaining Family Forests Initiative (SFFI) has two work-study positions for FES students open this semester. Please read the position descriptions for more information. ...
July 17, 2018
Dear TELE Community, I will be retired from Yale on June 30th, after 20 years doing work that I love with wonderful colleagues at Yale and beyond. Back in 2003, I was part...
April 3, 2018
Last October the TELE team had the pleasure of hosting the Workshop for the Effective Engagement of Women Woodland Owners at the Edith Macy Conference Center in New York....