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Society of American Foresters

The Society of American Foresters, with about 18,000 members, is the national organization that represents all segments the forestry profession in the United States. It includes public and private practitioners, researchers, administrators, educators, and forestry students. The Society was established in 1900 by Gifford Pinchot and six other pioneer foresters.

The mission of the Society of American Foresters is to advance the science, education, technology, and practice of forestry; to enhance the competency of its members; to establish professional excellence; and to use the knowledge, skills, and conservation ethics of the profession to ensure the continued health and use of forest ecosystems and the present and future availability of forest resources to benefit society.

Code of Ethics

Oregon Society of American Foresters

With over 800 members in 14 chapters throughout the state, the Oregon Society of American Foresters is the largest state affiliate of the national Society. Foresters play a major role in managing Oregon's 30 million acres of forest land. These forests provide a variety of benefits for Oregonians and the nation in the form of wildlife, water, recreation, timber and other forest products.

Through their management of the 19.4 million acres of Oregon's forest capable of growing commercial crops of timber, foresters help contribute to a significant proportion of Oregon's rural economic base. Fifty-one percent of Oregon's timberland is owned by the federal government and 49 percent by non-federal owners. Most federal timberland is now managed primarily for non-timber benefits with limited timber harvesting. Seventy-five percent of the state's timber harvest for the foreseeable future is expected to come from non-federal lands owned by wood products firms (29 percent), other private landowners (14 percent), and state and local governments (7 percent).

The forestry profession has adapted to changing priorities for Oregon's forests. During the early days of economic and community development, the emphasis was on timber production. Today, foresters manage for a rich diversity of forest resources to achieve landowner objectives and meet society's needs and the needs of future generations.

Download the OSAF bylaws (pdf).