Working Groups

Working Groups are communities of interest that help members connect with others interested in enriching forest science and practice through the development of educational programs and participation in research.

As a Working Group member you can:

•   Connect with others by building relationships and a network of peers. Learn what others are doing. Ask questions and create lasting networks that will enhance your career. 

•   Influence the profession and give yourself a voice in forestry dialog by helping to develop educational programs, engage in conversation on research, studies, and policy.

As a Working Group member, you also have access to SAF's Online Community to connect and engage with other members of your group. 

A – Resources Measurements Subject Area

A1 - Inventory and Biometrics

Focuses on collecting, summarizing, evaluating, and applying information in the management and biological study of forests, including forest mensuration, statistical sampling issues, and inventory 

A2 - Forest Technology

Focuses on spatial technologies including data capture, processing, analysis, software, and management solutions that impact forest and natural resource management from rural to urban landscapes.  This group will focus on the practical use of modern technologies that can provide lasting benefits for today’s forest managers as they respond to increasingly challenging and rapidly evolving demands.

B – Forestry Systems Subject Area

B1 - Private Forestry

Focuses on helping forestry professionals understand and address the issues confronting the nation’s private forest landowners and, in particular, family forest landowners, but also includes topics relevant to industrial, timber-investment management organization, tribes, conservation organizations, and other private ownership groups

B2 - Urban and Community Forestry

Focuses on issues, programs, policy, and regulatory laws in urban forest management

B3 - International Forestry

Focuses on international forestry issues, including the policies and practices of forest conservation and management for ecological, social, and economic objectives

B4 - Agroforestry

Focuses on all aspects of agroforestry, including windbreaks, riparian buffer plantings, wildlife plantings, alley cropping, block plantings, and forest grazing (silvopasturing)

New! B5 - Department of Defense (DoD) Forestry

Focuses on ecosystem management on military-owned lands while supporting the installation mission. This community provides active engagement in sharing successes, lessons learned, problem-solving unique challenges, research/technology innovations, and policy awareness/influence for foresters and natural resource professionals interested in managing diverse ecosystems on military lands.

C – Ecology and Biology Subject Area

C1 - Forest Ecology

Focuses on the relationships between forests and the environment, particularly the growth and development of forests

C2 - Soils

Focuses on the properties of soils that influence the distribution and growth of trees, and affect management practices

C3 - Water Resources

Focuses on all aspects of forest hydrology and watershed management

C5 - Wildlife and Fish Ecology

Focuses on the interactions of forests and water resources, habitat management, and the application and effects of forest management actions for multiple objectives on fish and wildlife resources with in forested landscapes

C6 - Physiology

Focuses on the physiology of forests and woodlands, including tree physiology, tree water use, forest responses to climate change and disturbance, restoration, crown ecology, biodiversity, and more

D – Management and Utilization Subject Area

D1 - Forest Health and Genetics

Interdisciplinary group focusing on forest entomology, forest pathology, forest genetics and tree improvement. Additional foci within these categories include integrated forest health, invasive species, gene conservation, selection and breeding, landscape genomics, seed orchard management, vegetative propagation, and tissue culture techniques

D2 - Silviculture

Focuses on disseminating information on the science of silviculture to practicing foresters and the research community

D3 - Forest Production and Utilization

Focuses on forest engineering, harvesting, and the manufacturing, marketing, and utilization of forest products

D4 - Wildland Fire Management

Focuses on the science, technology, research, and application of fire management in support of wildland fire protection, forestry, and rangeland ecosystem programs

E – Decision Sciences Subject Area

E1 - Economics, Policy, and Law

Interdisciplinary group focusing on the role of economics, policy, and law in the management of forests and forest systems

E2- Land Use Planning, Organization, and Management

Focuses on promoting the understanding of how an organization anticipates the future, and how it moves to adapt its activities, structure, and function to be an effective land management organization

E3 - Bioenergy, Climate Change, and Carbon

Focuses on climate change, carbon management, and domestic renewable energy and the forests' role in reducing and preventing GHG emissions

E4 - Management Science and Operations Research

Focuses on the planning, operations, strategic, and tactical models to facilitate the management of forest resources at scales ranging from individual organisms to global systems

E6 - Sustainability and Forest Certification

Focuses on professionals working in certification and auditing to network on crosscutting aspects of sustainable forestry and forest certification systems, including sustainability theory, criteria and indicators, the role of forester certification in forest certification, forest auditing theory and practice, and labeling, marketing, and acceptance of labeled forest products

F – Social and Related Sciences Subject Area

F2 - Recreation and Wilderness Management

Focuses on the role of wilderness in natural resources management, as well as on national and international issues

F3 - Diversity and Inclusion

Focuses on creating a community of practice that supports participation by the full diversity of people in the science and management of forests

F4 - Human Dimensions and Education

Focuses on improving understanding and application of relevant communications and outreach techniques to address forestry-related issues, including environmental education for both youth and adults.

F5 - Philosophy and History

Focuses on the diverse philosophical perspectives—past, present, and future—that drive forest management, including ethics and the philosophy of science