SAF Award in Forest Science

This award recognizes distinguished individual research in any branch of the quantitative, economic, managerial, and/or social sciences that has resulted in substantial advances in forestry. The award includes a $1,000 honorarium, one complimentary SAF convention registration, and up to $500 to offset travel expenses. The award is presented at the SAF national convention.


Nominees need not be members of SAF. While the award will not be made posthumously, it may be made to either employed or retired nominees and regardless of the age or seniority of the individual. Nominees shall not have won any other SAF national science awards within five years of this nomination.


Evaluation will be based on meeting the following criteria:

Research Quality

Nominees will have completed work of the highest quality and demonstrated strict adherence to professional standards.

Research Productivity

The nominee shall have a substantial history of publications in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and technical proceedings. Evidence of the ability to acquire substantive funding from a variety of sources to pursue their research is required. Evidence of ability to organize symposiums and workshops and provide technology transfer to practitioners and researchers is required.

Research Innovation

Nominees shall have a history of innovative approaches to quantitative, economic, managerial and social sciences and shall have demonstrated the ability to use a variety of research methodologies appropriate to their discipline.

Research Impact

As a direct result of their research activities, nominees shall have affected significantly the course of subsequent research in quantitative, economic, managerial, and social science research in forestry and forest practice. Their research must result in a clear advancement in forestry.

Overall Evidence

The nominee’s activities must include a significant component of distinguished individual research. Beyond merely being distinguished, this research must be relevant both nationally and internationally.


Your nomination packet must include:
     •  Completed nomination form.
     •  A letter from the nominator demonstrating that the nominee meets the award criteria. Each of the criteria must be addressed separately in a brief paragraph.
     • Curriculum vitae of nominee.
     • Two letters of endorsement from peers on the nominee’s achievements with the award criteria.
     • Recent, digital headshot photograph of a minimum 300 dpi.