IYOF Photojournalist Captures Importance of Trees and Forests to People

Forest Business Network
Oct 30 2011

Forest Business Network
Source - International Year of Forests

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Two of the foremost non-profits in the US that promote sustainable forestry practices co-sponsored a ten-week photography fellowship, which concluded this month.

The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) and the National Network of Forestry Practitioners (NNFP) created, coordinated and sponsored the fellowship to articulate, through images, the importance of trees and forests to people. The same message is simultaneously being echoed by other US organizations and worldwide as part of the 2011 International Year of Forests (IYOF), which was established by the United Nations.

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Campaign Highlights

  • The official U.S. celebration of IYOF, “Celebrate Forests. Celebrate Life.” launched on March 1, 2011 in DC.
  • 115 events were held in 34 states and 1 territory.
  • Two states and one town made official IYOF proclamations.
  • First Annual National Walk in the Woods Day was held on May 21, 2011.
  • IYOF Photography Fellow visits 6 states and is documented in Huffington Post and Grist.
  • UNEP and UN Ambassador Don Cheadle creates "Supporting Forests" PSA.

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