Position Statements


SAF's national position statements are important components of our advocacy and outreach efforts. They serve as a foundation to guide our actions on particular issues and act as a catalyst to further dialogue and engagement with policymakers, the media, partner organizations, and SAF units.

Promoting Policies Informed by Science and Practice


Forest Management and Climate Change
Roads in Managed Forests
Wildland Fire Management 
Herbicide Use on Forest Lands
Public Regulation of Private Forest Practices
Clearcutting as a Silvicultural Practice
Timber Harvesting on Public Lands
Nonnative Invasive Forest Species
Regulation of Genetically Modified Trees

Keeping Forests as Forests


Conservation Easements
Federal and State Tax Treatment of Private Forest Land  
Loss of US Private Forestland
Forest Inventory and Analysis Program

Highlighting the Diverse Benefits of Managed Forests


Biological Diversity in Forest Ecosystems
Forest Offset Projections in a Carbon Trading System
Urban and Community Forestry
Utilization of Forest Biomass for Energy
Protecting Endangered Species Habitat on Private Land

Advancing the Profession


State Programs to Credential Foresters
Professionals in Public Natural Resource Management Agencies

*Position statements are proposed and developed by the Committee on Forest Policy, relevant SAF working groups, and the SAF Board of Directors. The absence of a statement on a particular issue does not imply lack of interest, expertise, or involvement.