A Trustworthy Resource for Landowners

Just because you own forestland doesn’t mean you’re thinking about harvesting timber. Yet, individuals may approach you and inquire about conducting a timber sale. A recent survey* shows that only nine percent of woodland owners own land for the purpose of harvesting timber, but half of all woodland owners conduct a timber harvest, even though they thought they never would.
*Butler, B.J., and E.C. Leatherberry. 2004. America's Family Forest Owners. Journal of Forestry 102(7):4-9.

Before you make any decisions regarding your land, get the information you need to make an informed decision—contact a Certified Forester. The Certified Forester program ensures that professionals:

  • Meet the profession's educational requirements
  • Have at least five years of professional forestry experience
  • Adhere to standards of professional practice
  • Pass a rigorous competency exam that measures knowledge and skills
  • Participate in continuing education

A Certified Forester will be your advocate as you evaluate the options for your forest, helping you:

  • Define your goals and objectives and develop a plan to meet them
  • Adhere to regulatory requirements
  • Identify government financial incentive programs and eligibility
  • Provide management alternatives and time frames
  • Attract diverse and abundant wildlife
  • Improve water quality
  • Assess the value of your forest
  • Be aware of tax liabilities and deduction opportunities
  • Reduce the risk of wildfire
  • Prevent or control harmful insects and diseases
  • Potentially save or make money
 The forester we hired was concerned about how the land would be after the harvest and the possibility of natural regeneration, as well as my visions and desires for the land. Our recognition as National Tree Farmers of the Year came largely because we hired a forester who has been our advisor and mentor.”

-- Rachel Jordan, landowner, Dodgeville, Wisconsin

About the Program

Certified Forester is a program of the Society of American Foresters (SAF). 

SAF is the largest national scientific and educational organization representing the forestry profession in the United States. SAF members include forestry and natural resource professionals, who work in public agencies (state and federal) and private businesses (corporate and consulting). Members are also involved with research, education, public relations, policy, and more. SAF is committed to educating natural resource professionals through peer-reviewed scientific publications, workshops and training sessions, continuing education opportunities, and credentialing. SAF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.