SAF Newsroom

SAF Develops New Reforestation Position Statement

Posted on 2/1/2023
SAF’s Board of Directors recently approved a new position statement titled “Regenerating America’s Forests,” which acknowledges the increasing pressure on the profession for reforestation and afforestation efforts across the country.

SAF Welcomes New Non-Voting Members to the Board

Posted on 1/13/2023
Several non-voting members are appointed to serve on the board to add depth and representation of the membership.

Society of American Foresters Applauds Passage of FY23 Omnibus Spending Bill

Posted on 1/5/2023
SAF applauds the efforts of Congress in advancing a robust fiscal year (FY) 2023 omnibus spending bill that will provide much needed support for the sustainable management of America’s forests.

Foresters’ Fund Grants Support 18 Local Projects for $47,420

Posted on 12/16/2022
'Tis the season for giving, and we’re celebrating the $47,420 in funding provided by the Foresters’ Fund for local SAF units in 2022.

SAF Comments on US Fish and Wildlife’s Proposed Rule on Tricolored Bat

Posted on 12/9/2022
SAF joined 25 forestry associations in comments on the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s proposed rule to list the tricolored bat as an endangered species.

National Elections: Welcome the New Faces on the SAF Board of Directors

Posted on 12/5/2022
The Society of American Foresters has announced election results for vice president and four board positions, with service beginning January 1, 2023.

SAF Seeks Intern for Summer 2023

Posted on 11/30/2022
SAF is excited to begin accepting applications for the summer 2023 Henry Clepper Forest Policy Internship Program.

The 2022 National Woodland Owner Survey Stakeholders and User Group Meeting

Posted on 11/22/2022
NCASI and SAF recently convened a Forestry Inventory & Analysis special session on the National Woodland Owner Survey, which seeks to understand the values and decisions of the private landowners.

SAF Recognizes National Native American Heritage Month

Posted on 11/18/2022
November is National Native American Heritage Month, and it is a time to celebrate and honor the history, legacy, culture, and contributions of Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Island communities.

SAF Develops Resource on Proforestation

Posted on 11/17/2022
While SAF has always educated diverse audiences about the benefits of forest management and the critical work of forestry professionals, this is the first time we are directly calling out proforestation.

Introducing SAF’s New Chief Operations Officer

Posted on 11/10/2022
SAF welcomes Whitney Forman-Cook as its new Chief Operations Officer/Director of Communications.

Approved Update to the SAF Forest Inventory and Analysis Position Statement

Posted on 11/3/2022
The USDA’s Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Program is a unique and invaluable source of data to measure our nation’s forestlands. Through a rotating cast of 355,000 permanent inventory plots measured by researchers alongside associated remote sen

ESA and SAF Announce Partnership to Benefit Members

Posted on 11/1/2022
The Ecological Society of America (ESA) and the Society of American Foresters (SAF) recently entered an agreement mutually benefiting their respective members.

Annual SAF Working Group Meetups Happening This November

Posted on 10/28/2022
This is a great opportunity to share feedback and ideas with officers, brainstorm a workplan for 2023, or share information and resources with your network.

SAF and Urban Forests Coalition Share Principles for New Funding

Posted on 10/27/2022
The Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition (SUFC) recently sent a letter to USDA Forest Service leadership regarding new funding available to the Urban and Community Forestry program from the Inflation Reduction Act.

The Society of American Foresters Proudly Supports the 2022 US Capitol Christmas Tree

Posted on 10/21/2022
Each year, a different national forest provides a tree to light up the West Lawn of the US Capitol building for the holiday season.

SAF Weighs in on Mature and Old-Growth Forest Management

Posted on 10/24/2022
On April 22, 2022, the Biden Administration signed Executive Order 14072—also known as “Strengthening the Nation’s Forests, Communities, and Local Economies”—which set the stage for a number of forest-centered policy initiatives.

SAF Supports Hispanic Heritage Month

Posted on 10/14/2022
"As National Hispanic Heritage Month comes to a close, SAF is proud to share with our members the accomplishments of our Latinx forestry community members and leaders,” SAF CEO Terry Baker said.

Resource Management Service, LLC, Partners with SAF to Award New Forestry Scholarship

Posted on 1/24/2023
RMS and SAF announced that the 2022 recipient of their joint forestry scholarship is Sara Groban, a junior at Cal Poly Humboldt.

Register for the Forests + Climate Learning Exchange Series

Posted on 10/7/2022
The series aims to develop and expand forest stakeholder knowledge and perspectives on forest carbon science, management, and strategy.

SAF Announces Two New Professional Credentials

Posted on 9/23/2022
We are excited to announce two new professional credentials that SAF will be offering, beginning in 2023 and 2024—an urban and community forestry certification and a certification for forest technicians.

Introducing SAF’s 2022-2023 Mollie Beattie Visiting Scholars

Posted on 9/15/2022
We are excited to welcome Joseph Endris and Stella Schons as the 2022–23 cohort of Mollie Beattie Visiting Scholars.

Commendations and Recommendations from the 2022 FIA National User Group Meeting

Posted on 9/9/2022
With the help of Rich Guldin of Guldin Forestry LLC, seven core commendations and seven core recommendations were distilled from the meeting.

SAF Announces 2022 Gregory Award Winner

Posted on 9/23/2022
SAF is pleased to announce Sakiratou KARIMOU M as the 2022 SAF Gregory Award recipient.

SAF Announces 2022 National Award Winners

Posted on 8/19/2022
The Society of American Foresters is proud to announce the winners of 11 national awards for 2022.

SAF Member Spotlight: Dr. Sharon Jean-Philippe

Posted on 1/11/2023
Dr. Sharon Jean-Philippe is a Professor of Urban Forestry and the Urban Forestry State Extension Specialist at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.

SAF Names 2022 Presidential Field Forester Award Recipients

Posted on 8/18/2022
The Society of American Foresters has honored one member from each of the 11 SAF voting districts.

SAF Names 25 Members as 2022 Fellows

Posted on 1/24/2023
The rank of Fellow recognizes SAF members for long-standing service to SAF, the profession, and are ambassadors for the advancement of forestry.

Putting Our Dollars to Work: Local Units Receive Foresters’ Fund Grants

Posted on 7/22/2022
Eight local units have received financial grants to support projects that promote forestry education and outreach and cultivate future leaders.

Announcing the Class of 2022 SAF Student Diversity Scholars

Posted on 7/15/2022
SAF is pleased to announce the 2022 class of SAF Student Diversity Scholars, which includes 15 students from around the country.

Second Comment Opportunity: SFI Urban and Community Forestry Sustainability Standard

Posted on 7/7/2022
The second draft of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Urban and Community Forest Sustainability Standard is open for public comment until August 2, 2022.

SAF Applauds Forestry Investments in House Appropriations Bill

Posted on 7/7/2022
The fiscal year (FY) 2023 bill from the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies includes increased investments in a wide variety of programs that support forestry research and management across public and...

SAF Supports Pride Month

Posted on 7/7/2022
In coordination with our Diversity and Inclusion Policy, the Society of American Foresters (SAF) is committed to promoting an environment designed to embrace our differences in which all community members are welcomed and valued.

FIA User Group Carbon Recommendations

Posted on 6/15/2022
Continuing its long-standing tradition of convening the FIA National User Group, SAF and the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement (NCASI) recently hosted a Special Focus Session to explore the topic of forest carbon estimation.

Introducing SAF’s 2022 Henry Clepper Forest Policy Intern

Posted on 6/15/2022
SAF is excited to welcome our 2022 Henry Clepper Forest Policy Intern, Tamera Breidenbach! Tamera will spend the summer working alongside the Policy and Public Affairs Team at SAF’s national headquarters in Washington, DC.

The Society of American Foresters and #forestproud Announce Merger

Posted on 6/22/2022
The Society of American Foresters (SAF) and #forestproud are pleased to announce that the forest communications platform is now a program of SAF.

ACF and SAF Partner to Develop Second Edition of Introduction to Consulting Forestry

Posted on 5/31/2022
Through their continued efforts to promote consulting forestry and the forestry profession, the Association of Consulting Foresters (ACF) and the Society of American Foresters (SAF) announced today that they are jointly publishing the second edition

SAF Celebrates AANHPI Heritage Month

Posted on 5/18/2022
May is Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI or AANHPI) Heritage Month. SAF honors the 2022 theme of “Advancing Leaders Through Collaboration” set by the Federal Asian Pacific American Council.

SAF Approves New National Position Statement: Sustainability of American Forests

Posted on 5/10/2022
SAF’s Board of Directors recently approved a new national position statement titled “Sustainability of American Forests,” which was developed by SAF’s Committee on Forest Policy.

Virtual Event: Around the Water Cooler with SAF Leadership

Posted on 5/9/2022
Join SAF CEO Terry Baker and his special guests from the Board of Directors for a not-so-typical Zoom meeting on June 1 at 3:30–5:00 p.m. ET.

SAF Member Spotlight: Dr. Sharon T. Friedman

Posted on 4/29/2022
Throughout her dynamic career, Dr. Sharon T. Friedman has served as chair on SAF's Committee on Forest Policy, Committee on Ethics, and the Forest Science and Technology Board.

SAF CEO Joins the Sustainable Forestry Initiative's Board of Directors

Posted on 4/29/2022
Terry Baker, CEO of the Society of American Foresters (SAF), has been unanimously elected by SFI’s Board of Directors to serve a three-year term as a member of the SFI Board’s Environmental chamber.

Executive Order on Strengthening the Nation's Forests, Communities, and Local Economies

Posted on 4/29/2022
On Earth Day, President Biden signed the “Executive Order on Strengthening the Nation’s Forests, Communities, and Local Economies.”

Apply: Mollie Beattie Visiting Scholar Program

Posted on 4/28/2022
The 2022 program will offer a $10,000 scholarship for a compelling research proposal.