Oct. 22, 2021 Sappi North America announced that Forestry Certification Manager Rebecca Barnard received the Society of American Foresters' (SAF) Young Forester Leadership Award.
The Young Forester Leadership Award recognizes outstanding leadership by a young forestry professional in the development and promotion of an individual program or project, or for a sustained leadership role benefiting the practice of forestry and SAF. Recipients must be 40 years of age or younger, and evaluation is based on outstanding leadership in the profession, outstanding leadership in SAF and sustained leadership roles benefitting the practice of forestry.
"Receiving SAF's Young Forester Leadership Award is a personal and professional honor," said Barnard. "Reflecting on the accomplishments and achievements during my career, these successes were made possible only by the passion and collective efforts of many equally dedicated leaders within our industry and the support I've received from my employers, including Sappi. I look forward to continued service to the forestry profession and SAF."
Rebecca Barnard was named Sappi's manager of forest certification in 2018 and holds over 15 years of forestry experience. Prior to her role at Sappi, she served as the National Forestry Programs Manager for the National Wild Turkey Federation from 2013-2018 and as the Forest Certification Coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources from 2008-2013. Rebecca currently chairs SAF's National Committee on Forest Policy after serving a three-year Committee membership term. Rebecca has been a SAF member since college and held various leadership positions with the Minnesota SAF State Society.
"We are thrilled for Rebecca's achievement," said Anne Ayer, Vice President, Pulp Business and Supply Chain. "Rebecca is a tremendous asset to Sappi with her wealth of industry knowledge and expertise. This award is a testament to her commitment to responsible forestry and forwarding Sappi's mission of sustainable innovation. It could not be more well deserved."
The Young Forester Leadership Award has been granted to one member of SAF each year since 1985. More information can be found on SAF's National Awards page.
Sappi North America, headquartered in Boston, is a market leader in converting wood fiber into superior products that customers demand worldwide. Its three diversified businesses include: high-quality graphic papers, pulp, and packaging and specialty papers To learn more, visit: www.sappi.com.
SOURCE: Sappi North America, Inc.
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