Help shape the future of forestry and build community by joining in the “Evolving Forestry” initiative, a conversation SAF is having among its members and other stakeholders in the forestry community about the need to evolve forest management, the forestry profession, and SAF.

The Need for a Conversation

The forestry profession and the scope and complexity of forest resource management continue to undergo profound changes. It is imperative that SAF respond to these changes and play a role in how forests and the forestry profession are viewed and valued by the public well into the future.

Challenges Facing Forestry 

 There are many challenges facing forestry today. Here are two that can get the conversation started...

  • The trend among institutions of higher education is to refashion their forestry departments and schools to increase their attractiveness to today's student. More and more graduates are earning degrees in Natural Resources Management, Environmental Studies, or Forest Ecosystem Management. A careful review of course requirements shows that many of these degrees are modifications of forestry curricula.
  • Other natural resources professionals are assuming many of the roles that were once the exclusive purview of forestry. In some parts of the country, agencies, companies, public institutions, landowners, and environmental organizations continue to rely on the counsel of foresters but are also looking to professionals specialized in different aspects of forest management.

Addressing Challenges

SAF believes that one way it can address those challenges and stay relevant is by engaging and serving the needs of all professionals who have a role in forest management. For SAF to continue to advance the practice of forestry and the management of forest resources, it must engage and listen to the needs of all natural resources professionals who have been awarded or are pursuing a natural resources degree from a credible science program at nationally recognized institutions of higher learning. By celebrating and welcoming the perspective and knowledge of all natural resources professionals, the SAF community increases its diversity of ideas and awareness, and collectively improves forest health and sustainable use on a broader scale.

Join the conversation…we’re listening.

Tell us what you think are the challenges facing SAF and the forestry profession. How should SAF and the profession address those challenges? Send your comments to Jeff Ghannam, SAF's Senior Director of Stretegic Communications, at ghannamj@safnet.org.