Presidential Field Forester Awards

The purpose of the Presidential Field Foresters Awards is to recognize foresters who have dedicated their professional careers to the application of forestry on the ground using sound, scientific methods and adaptive management strategies. The awards will be presented to individuals who have displayed uncommon talent, skill, and innovative methods to achieve a record of excellence in the application of forest management.

Nomination Process

To nominate an individual for a Presidential Field Forester award, download the Nomination Form, and send, along with your letter of nomination, to your district board representative . Nominations are due by March 15. Please contact Lori Rasor with any questions.

Nomination Form  

Selection Process

Due to regional differences in both application intensity and regulations affecting forestry operations, the award recipients will be selected on a regional basis. Using the existing organizational structure, each SAF Board member is asked to select and/or endorse an outstanding field forester from the District they represent. The Board member can use the state society chairs to nominate candidates and from those nominations select a nominee for recognition, or use any other process that would select a worthy candidate based on the selection criteria.

Selection Criteria

  • Must be a member of SAF.
  • Must have practiced forestry for at least 15 years.
  • Major portion of career must be in field application of forestry.
  • Must be recognized locally or regionally by peers for excellence in field application of forestry.
  • Understands the forest and uses science along with the adaptive management process to achieve landowner objectives and insure forest sustainability.
  • Management intensity may range from very intensive applications to more extensive management regimes.
  • May be from any employment sector.

Individuals recognized for the Field Forester Achievement Award will be announced and recognized at the SAF National Convention.

Presidential Field Forester Awards Recent Recipients

Award YearRecipient
2017Mr. James L. Able70975
2017Mr. Evan E. Austin, Jr, CF69463
2017Mr. Blaine Cook76028
2017Mr. Jacob B. Gibbs75673
2017Mr. Robert W. MacMillan, CF76012
2017Ms. Lisa B. Naylor, CF73731
2017Mr. Stephen R. Nelson76076
2017Mr. Shelby L. Spradlin, Jr, CF69261
2017Mr. Kerry G. Thomas53334
2017Mr. Mark R. Webb, CF71370
2017Mr. Timothy J. Wilson, CF73591