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. Since 2010, SFFI has trained over 900 natural resource professionals in landowner outreach. These professionals work in 33 states and represent more than 33o organizations, primarily state forestry agencies and their conservation and stewardship partners. 

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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....
April 3, 2018
As natural resource professionals we are so concerned with making landowners care about the things that we know are important—species habitat, water quality, biodiversity,...