Society of American Foresters

Northwest Regions

Wildfire Resources for Oregon and Washington Residents

Recovering from the devestating wildfires in Oregon and Washington will not be easy. Many residents lost their homes and must replace everything, while others need to rehabilitate the burned landscape. Fortunately, there are state and federal resources available to assist with the recovery efforts. The Oregon Society of American Foresters and Washington State Society of American Foresters have created lists of resources to direct people to where to obtain help. These lists will continue to grow as more resources become available so check back often. 

Oregon Wildfire Resources

Washington Wildfire Resources

These are trying times, but what is certain is that trees will continue to grow and communities will rebuild. 

Stay safe,

SAF Northwest Office

A Role for Contemporary Forestry in the Quest for Sustainability

I’m often asked, “Why do people cut down trees?”

The short answer is to address societal demands. Whether for fire safety, habitat management, or supply wood products, the question goes far beyond an economic explanation. Why do we cut down trees is a powerful question in an era where we speak daily of our quest for sustainability. We’ve seen bans on plastic bags or straws, developed electric cars, and certified buildings based on environmental standards. However, collectively, we haven’t carefully considered the role forestry can play in creating a sustainable society.

Dr. Cushing Begins Term as SAF President

On January 1, 2020, Tamara Cushing, PhD, began her one-year term as president of the Society of American Foresters (SAF). Founded in 1900 by Gifford Pinchot and headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, SAF is a national organization that represents and serves 11,000 forestry professionals in the United States. Dr. Cushing will continue serving on SAF’s Board of Directors for the next two years, including as immediate past president in 2021.

National Convention - Louisville, Kentucky October 30 - November 3

National Convention 2019

Louisville is known for bourbon, bluegrass, the Kentucky Derby, baseball bats, and now, as the destination for this year’s SAF National Convention. You won’t want to miss this exciting event, to be held October 30-November 3 at the Louisville Convention Center, featuring over 200 speakers, 80 exhibitors, 20 CFE credit hours, and endless networking opportunities. Approximately 1,300 foresters attend from around the country, and among those in attendance are many under-30 young professionals representing the future of our profession.