Francesca (Fran) Cafferata Coe of Hillsboro, Oregon, will receive the Young Forester Leadership Award for her outstanding contributions to the forestry profession. She will be recognized during a ceremony at the 2016 SAF National Convention, November 2–6, in Madison, Wisconsin.
The Young Forester Leadership Award recognizes outstanding leadership by a young forestry professional in the development and promotion of an individual program or project, or for a sustained leadership role benefiting the practice of forestry and the Society of American Foresters. The engraved award includes a cash honorarium of $500.
Cafferata Coe, a member of SAF since 2007, graduated from Oregon State University with a BS in Fisheries and Wildlife Science in 2000, with a strong emphasis in the interactions between forests and wildlife. Cafferata Coe is a leader in both SAF and The Wildlife Society; she serves as the Oregon SAF liaison to TWS. Coe is the owner of a small consulting firm, Cafferata Consulting, LLC, a natural resource consulting firm specializing in helping forest landowners and managers understand how to effectively manage their forests for both healthy wildlife populations and sustainable timber production.
“This year’s national award recipients join a group of elite individuals who have demonstrated unusual dedication to the practice and promotion of forestry,” said Matt Menashes, CEO of SAF.
The awards process is a rigorous one. It begins with written nominations and references by professional peers. The Forest Science and Technology Board or the Committee on Professional Recognition then reviews the nominations. These bodies forward their recommendations to the SAF Board of Directors for its review and approval. The review process produces candidates with a national profile and a comprehensive history of sustained contributions to the forestry profession and service to the public.