SAF National Convention 

Louisville, Kentucky • October 30-November 3, 2019

Goods from the Woods

From cellulosic nanotech to cross-laminated timbers and mass plywood, wood-based products are rapidly evolving and impacting our lives for the better. Today, in light of increasing global demands for wood fiber, as well as the ongoing loss of fiber to insects, disease, and wildfire, the role of foresters in managing the nation’s forest resources has never been more important. Simultaneously, multiple social demands for ecosystem services from forested landscapes oblige multiple professions to interweave goals and objectives. The 2019 SAF Convention will highlight mega trends such as advanced wood materials and new products from cellulose, while acknowledging the legacy of American wood use in music, food, shelter, and culture. We hope you will leave convention with a renewed appreciation for how forestry and our affiliated professions are driving the world’s transition toward a sustainable, de-carboned economy.


SAF Convention events will be held at the Kentucky International Convention Center (221 S 4th St, Louisville, KY 40202).

Early-Bird Rates End September 18

Don't miss our best rates for the 2019 National Convention. Click here to view pricing and register to attend. 

Sponsor & Exhibitor Registration is Open

Registration is open for sponsor and exhibitors! Join us for the largest natural resources and forest management expo where you can:

  • Launch your latest technology and new products
  • Connect with nearly 2,000 forest land management professionals
  • Demo your products to potential customers
  • Develop new business relationships  

Thank you to the organizations who have already signed up to participate! View a current list of exhibitors and sponsors here.

Schedule Details

Review the schedule at-a-glance (subject to change). Be sure to check out these other program highlights: Plenary Session, Field Tours, Student Events, Leisure Tours, and Friday Focus On.

Overnight Accommodations 

Overnight accommodations are available at discounted group rates to Convention participants at two lodging properties in Louisville. Click here to learn more and book your lodging