Advocacy & Outreach

SAF's Policy and Public Affairs Team works with policymakers, partner organizations, and key coalitions to provide a unified voice for sustainable forest management and forestry and natural resources professionals. From collaborating with legislative and administrative leaders to creating new partnership and engagement opportunities, our team works every day to keep forests and those who manage, study, and care for them in the conversation as part of the solution to society’s most pressing economic, environmental, and social issues.

National User Group Meetings

In partnership with the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, SAF convenes annual meetings of partners and stakeholders from across the sector to discuss challenges and opportunities for using data generated by the USDA Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program.

Recommendations and action items are developed and shared with FIA program leaders and the broader user community to build awareness, facilitate collaboration, and, ultimately, continue the work of using FIA data to improve management of the nation’s forests. Click below to download and share the meeting reports, which include video links, presentation recaps, and recommendations.

2020 FIA Meeting Report

2020 Small Area Estimation Focus Session Report

2021 Timber Products Output Survey Focus Session Report  

2021 FIA Meeting Report

2022 Forest Carbon Focus Session Report

2022 FIA Meeting Report

Our Team In Action

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

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.

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.

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 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 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.

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.”

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Our Priorities

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Position Statements

Position Statements

SAF's national position statements are important components of our advocacy and outreach efforts.

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Issues & Advocacy Now

Issues & Advocacy Now

An e-newsletter from SAF’s Government Affairs and External Relations team.

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