SAF Announces 2020 National Award Winners
September 3, 2020
Congratulations to our 2020 national award winners! The Society of American Foresters has announced the winners of 12 national awards for this year. The recipients will be recognized for their outstanding achievements to the forestry profession during a meet-and-greet at the virtual 2020 SAF National Convention. Learn more about SAF national awards and future nomination cycles here.
Below, each award is listed with the 2020 recipient and a brief description of the award.
Recipient: Robert Burns
Award description: Recognizes distinguished individual research in quantitative, managerial, and/or social sciences leading to the advancement of forestry.
- Barrington Moore Memorial Award
Recipient: Ruth Yanai
Award description: Recognizes outstanding achievement in biological research leading to the advancement of forestry.
Recipient: Pete Bettinger, CF
Award description: Recognizes devotion and demonstrated outstanding performance in the field of forestry education.
- Diversity Leadership Award
Recipient: Alex Singleton
Award description: Recognizes outstanding individual achievement leading to innovative and exemplary diversity and inclusion efforts.
- Employer Leadership Award
Recipient: Resource Management Service LLC
Award description: Recognizes an employer that demonstrates leadership through consistent support of employee participation in SAF and broad engagement in the profession.
- Honorary Membership Award
Recipient: Kathy Abusow
Award description: Recognizes individuals whose contributions to forestry are viewed as outstanding by their peers.
- John A. Beale Memorial Award
Recipient: Shelby (Lee) Spradlin, CF
Award description: Recognizes outstanding efforts over a sustained period by an SAF member in the promotion of forestry through voluntary service to the Society.
- Outstanding Forestry Journalism Award
Award description: Recognizes high quality journalism that increase the American public’s understanding of forestry and natural resources.
- Sir William Schlich Memorial Award
Recipient: Richard Guldin, CF
Award description: Recognizes broad and outstanding contributions to the field of forestry with emphasis on policy and national or international activities.
Recipient: Samantha Seamon
Award description: Recognizes individual student achievement and leadership at the local, regional, or national level.
- Technology Transfer Award
Recipient: Jonathan Kays
Award description: Recognizes outstanding performance in the areas of technology transfer, implementation, and extension.
- Young Forester Leadership Award
Recipient: Nan Pond
Award description: Recognizes an outstanding young leader in the development and promotion of an individual program or project, or for a sustained leadership role benefiting the practice of forestry and SAF.