Welcome to the SAF Northwest Office
The SAF Northwest Office (NWO) was established in 1965 to provide services and support to SAF units and members in Oregon, Washington, Inland Empire, and Alaska. The Northwest Office is committed to providing a high-quality communications link between members, chapters, state societies, the SAF National Office, and the public.
The Northwest Office is not an office of the National SAF, nor does it receive any funding from the National Office. The governing body is the Northwest Office Committee, which consists of the following members of the Oregon, Washington State, Inland Empire, and Alaska Societies: chair, chair-elect, treasurer, and member-at-large.
A sampling of services currently received by these regional societies include:
- The Western Forester, a regional publication aimed at being a channel for local issues. Twenty-four pages in length and focusing on a theme each issue, the Western Forester provides a variety of articles and advertisements of interest to natural resource professionals five times a year.
- Coordination of state and chapter elections.
- Staff assistance with membership drives, tax information, fund raising campaigns and other initiatives.
- Access and administrative support to Constant Contact, a web-based communications tool SAF units can use to reach members.
- Use of Flash Alert News Wire, a web-based tool to send press releases to local and statewide reporters.
- Meeting registration services at the member rate: We take care of your registration needs so your team can focus on the important tasks of program, field trip organization, and sponsorships.
- One-stop shopping of SAF information.
- Stable point of contact for questions and answers from members and the public.
- With continuous turnover of volunteer leadership, paid staff of long tenure provides organizational memory, continuity, and needed administrative support.
- State society leaders become members of the NWO Committee, and have a voice in directing the office’s priorities and focus.
- NWO staff understands the nature of volunteer organizations and strives to make things easier for our members.
The NWO is located at the World Forestry Center and the NWO Committee contracts with the World Forestry Center for staffing of the office. Current staffing levels include part-time secretarial support and part-time administrative, editorial and professional support.
Lori Rasor and Steve McConnell recently gave an excellent presentation at the 2015 SAF National Convention in Baton Rouge, Louisiana about the role of the NW Regional Office for the area. You can view their slideshow here.
Lori Rasor, Manager and Editor
4033 SW Canyon Rd., Portland, OR 97221
SAF phone: 503-224-8046