Fellow Award

The Fellow Award is a prestigious award that recognizes an SAF member for long-standing service to forestry at the local, state, and national levels. The SAF Fellow is recognized as an ambassador for the advancement of forestry. Nominations are accepted from any SAF member in good standing. Awardees are recognized during their local state society meetings and during the SAF National Convention.


  • Individuals must be Professional Members in good standing.
  • Self-nominations are not allowed.
  • Work performed for SAF under contract, directly or indirectly, cannot be counted toward volunteer service.


Nominees must demonstrate the following:

  • Significant number of years of sustained commitment to SAF volunteer activities, performed at two or more of the following SAF organizational levels: chapter; division; state; regional (multi-state or voting district); or national.
  • Exemplary action and sustained leadership over many years in advancing the forestry profession at two or more of the following organizational levels: local; regional; national; or international.


The nominator must submit the nomination packet through the online submission portal site and include:

  • Nominator and nominee information will be completed online.
  • The nomination/consent form;
  • Three completed endorsement forms outlining the nominee's accomplishments;
  • Completed biographical and professional information form; and
  • Recent digital photo with a minimum of 300 dpi.


Below are documents for reference and use in developing a nomination packet.  These documents will then need to be uploaded to the Awards Portal (button below).

Nomination and Consent Form
(Microsoft Word Document)
Endorsement Form
(Microsoft Word Document)
Fellow Award Criteria and Summary
(Microsoft Word Document)