John A. Beale Memorial Award

This 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.

The award is presented during the SAF national convention and includes a honorarium of $500, a complimentary SAF convention registration, and up to $500 to cover travel expenses.


Nominees must be current members of the SAF.


Nominees for the John A. Beale Memorial Award must demonstrate a strong continuing commitment to volunteer work supporting the SAF and its members which furthers the cause of forestry. Evaluation will be based on:
     •  Leadership in volunteer work supporting SAF;
     •  Promotion of forestry;
     •  Evidence of outstanding efforts over a sustained period of time.


Your nomination packet must be submitted through the online submission portal site and include:
     •  Nominator and Nominee information will be completed online.
     •  A nomination letter from the state society executive committee demonstrating that the nominee meets the award criteria, with each criterion addressed separately in a brief paragraph.
     •  Letters of endorsement, not to exceed three (in addition to the nomination letter), on the nominee's achievements with the award criteria.
     •  A biographical summary, not to exceed three pages, including efforts made on behalf of SAF. 
     •  Recent, digital headshot photograph of a minimum 300 dpi.

About John A. Beale

John Beale's name is synonymous with words like service and leadership. Beale's diverse background lent itself well to positions of leadership in the Society. Born in 1919, he received a bachelor's degree in forestry from Michigan State University, and a master's from Harvard University. During World War II, Beale served in the US Army. After the war, Beale began working for Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources and was promoted to Chief Forester in 1954. In 1968 he was selected to become the Deputy Secretary to the state's Conservation Administration. Beale is best known for his eight years of national elected service (1968-1976), in which he served as Council member, Vice-President, and President. Beale was at the forefront of SAF policy formulation as a member of the SAF's Forest Policy Committee, a committee he went on to chair in 1976.