ESA and SAF Announce Partnership to Benefit Members 

November 1, 2022

The Ecological Society of America (ESA) and the Society of American Foresters (SAF) recently entered an agreement mutually benefiting their respective members. 

This partnership increases educational opportunities for both audiences, including the ability to earn continuing education units from both organizations to help maintain respective certifications. This agreement also means ESA members and SAF members will have more opportunities to network, collaborate, and learn from one another. 

“ESA is excited to partner with SAF and its community of foresters, silviculturists, and resource managers,” said ESA Executive Director Catherine O’Riordan. “Our respective memberships will benefit from collaborating on content and attending one another’s events, and those who hold certifications from our organizations will be able to access each other’s cutting-edge professional development.”

Through SAF’s premiere online education platform,, SAF hosts webinar content that provides technical knowledge transfer that mutually benefits both SAF and ESA members and certification holders. 
Through, ESA members will now have more access to content on forestry, resource management, forest and rangeland ecosystems, and silviculture at the SAF member rate. SAF members will have the opportunity to attend and watch multiple live ESA-hosted webinars as well as benefit from the work of forest, restoration, rangeland, and ecosystem ecologists. 

“The fields of forestry and ecology are broad and have quite a bit of overlap,” said SAF CEO Terry Baker. “This partnership represents the need for SAF and ESA to leverage what we bring to students and professionals to support them in stewarding our natural resources and natural spaces. I am looking forward to how this relationship will continue to mature as we work together!”

In addition to the content exchange, ESA and SAF will also be represented at each other’s annual conferences—giving the societies’ memberships more opportunities to learn from each other and increase collaboration. 


ESA Contact: Jonathan Miller, Director of Membership and Communications, (202) 833-8773 ext. 236, [email protected]
SAF Contact: Caylee Reid, Marketing & Communications Manager, (202) 938-3998, [email protected] 

The Ecological Society of America, founded in 1915, is the world’s largest community of professional ecologists and a trusted source of ecological knowledge, committed to advancing the understanding of life on Earth. The 9,000 member Society publishes five journals and a membership bulletin and broadly shares ecological information through policy, media outreach, and education initiatives. The Society’s Annual Meeting attracts 4,000 attendees and features the most recent advances in ecological science. Visit the ESA website at

The Society of American Foresters is the national scientific and educational organization representing over 9,000 forestry and related natural resources professionals across the United States. Founded in 1900 by Gifford Pinchot, SAF promotes science-based, sustainable management and stewardship of the nation’s public and private forests. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, SAF members include forestry and natural resource professionals in public and private settings, researchers, CEOs, administrators, NGOs, consulting foresters, educators, and students.