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Nominations for 2019 awards are closed.
Nominations for National Awards
Nominations for 2019 Awards are closed.
Nominations for 2020 awards are due March 15, 2020. To nominate an individual or employer for a national award, download the Nomination Form and then visit the specific award page for criteria and nomination process instructions. Submissions received after March 15 will not be accepted. Please contact
with any questions.
Use the nomination form below for national award nominations (Fellow and Presidential Field Forester have separate forms).
Note that the SAF National Office will contact the nominee only if chosen as the award recipient. All other correspondence will be directed to the nominator.
One of the highest honors for members of the Society, the rank of Fellow is an exceptional recognition bestowed on a member by his or her peers for outstanding contributions and service to the SAF and the profession.
Forest Science and Technology Awards
Award in Forest Science
The Award in Forest Science recognizes distinguished individual research in any branch of the quantitative, managerial, and/or social sciences leading to the advancement of forestry.
Barrington Moore Memorial Award
The Barrington Moore Memorial Award recognizes outstanding achievement in biological research leading to the advancement of forestry.
Technology Transfer Award
The Technology Transfer Award recognizes outstanding performance in the areas of technology transfer, implementation and extension.
Outstanding Forestry Journalism Award
The Outstanding Forestry Journalism Award recognizes high quality journalistic coverage of topics that increase the American public's understanding of forestry and natural resources.
W. D. Hagenstein Communicator Award
The Hagenstein Communicator Award recognizes an SAF member who leads innovative and exemplary communications initiatives and programs that increase the general public's understanding of forestry and natural resources.
Professional Development Awards
Carl Alwin Schenck Award
The Carl Alwin Schenck Award recognizes devotion and demonstrated outstanding performance in the field of forestry education.
Gifford Pinchot Medal
The Gifford Pinchot Medal recognizes outstanding contributions by a forestry professional in the administration, practice, and professional development of North American Forestry.
The Honorary Membership Award recognizes individuals whose contributions to forestry are viewed as outstanding by their peers.
John A. Beale Memorial Award
The John A. Beale Memorial Award recognizes outstanding efforts over a sustained period of time by an SAF member in the promotion of forestry through voluntary service to the Society.
Sir William Schlich Memorial Award
The Sir William Schlich Memorial Award recognizes broad and outstanding contributions to the field of forestry with emphasis on, but not limited to, policy and national or international activities.
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 the Society.
Diversity Leadership Award
The Diversity Leadership Award recognizes outstanding individual achievement leading to innovative and exemplary diversity and inclusion efforts.
Employer Leadership Award
The Employer Leadership Award recognizes an employer that demonstrates leadership through consistent support of employee participation in SAF and broad engagement in the profession.
Student Leadership Award
The Student Leadership Award recognizes individual student achievement and leadership at the local, regional, or national level.
Presidential Field Forester Awards
The Presidential Field Forester Awards recognize foresters who have dedicated their professional careers to the application of forestry on the ground using sound, scientific methods and adaptive management strategies.The awards are presented to individuals who have displayed uncommon talent, skill, and innovative methods to achieve a record of excellence in the application of forest management.
Outstanding SAF Student Chapter Award
The Outstanding SAF Student Chapter Award recognizes the outstanding SAF student chapter in the nation and its faculty representative during an academic year. Three student chapters are recognized annually during the SAF National Convention. The first place student chapter will receive a $500 honorarium. All three student chapters will be recognized in
The Forestry Source
. The school's department head and/or dean, the university president, and the SAF faculty representative will receive notification of the award.