Society of American Foresters

Northwest Regions

It's Time for SAF State Awards Nominations

For both the Oregon and Washington State Societies, now is the time to submit nominations for state-level SAF awards. The due date for award nominations for both states is March 15th.

Clark Seely is the Oregon SAF Awards Chair (contact 503-999-3475) and Oregon nominations can be submitted to him via email at

Adrian Miller is the Washington State SAF contact (contact 360-705-9284) and Washington nominations can be submitted to him via email at WSSAF Forester of the Year nominations should be directed to Pete Heide (last year’s awardee) at

For further information on both states’ awards, criteria and nomination information, please visit the Oregon Awards page and the Washington State Awards page.

Oregon’s forestry professionals gathered in Albany on April 7-9 for the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Oregon Society of American Foresters. Thursday evening concluded with an awards banquet honoring several SAF members and others for outstanding achievement. Last year’s recipients included (as seen in article picture):

  • Forestry Research award: Dr. Keith Jayawickarama, director of the Northwest Tree Improvement Cooperative, Department of Forest Science, College of Forestry, Oregon State University, was cited for leadership in the forest genetics cooperative that has progressed to national status, with key involvement and performance.
  • Lifetime Achievement award: Mike Newton, professor emeritus, College of Forestry, OSU, was recognized for decades of professional research, extensive forestry publication authorship and continuing key environmental research.
  • Forestry Appreciation award: Simon Babcock, a Philomath, Ore., high school forestry educator, was recognize for extensive and successful student involvement and education in forestry and related activities. He has also promoted forestry education with other high schools, communities and peers in Oregon. His leadership with students has encouraged students to further their education in forestry and natural resources education.
  • Forester of the Year: Julie (Maulding) Woodward was recognized for her effective work with hundreds of teachers and thousands of students in Oregon. She also serves as the OSAF Education chair. An OSU graduate with a B.S. in Forest Management and Business, and an M.S. (Summa cum laude) in Natural Resource Education and Extension, she is manager of the Rediscovery Forest at the Oregon Garden for the Oregon Forest Resource Institute.
  • Oregon SAF Student award—OSU College of Forestry: Brad Hamel, a student majoring in Forest Management, was recognized for involvement in student chapter activities and leading the OSU student team that won the National Quiz Bowl in Orlando Florida. Chapter Achievement Award: The Emerald Chapter was recognized for continued excellence in all facets of chapter management, including a successful wildlife conference that was partnered with The Oregon Wildlife Society. Chair Jordan Ryder accepted the award on behalf of all chapter members.
  • Tough Tree award: Mike Cafferata and Peter Daughtery of the Oregon Department of Forestry were cited for their leadership in Oregon forest plans and in effective management of forest practices act on private land. Oregon SAF Chair Award: Fran Cafferata Coe was recognized for her organizational leadership in the joint SAF/Wildlife conference.

If you know of an individual who would be a great nominee for one of these awards, please contact your regions Awards Chair. Let’s make this a great year to say, “Thanks” to our peers and colleagues and recognize fine work achieved.