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OSAF Awards Committee Co-Chairs: Tim Keith, 503-779-7760 or tim.keith@oregon.gov, and Norm Michaels 541-822-3528 or nmichaels2@yahoo.com

Note: For the Chapter Achievement Award, please use the instructions and form found on the Chapter Achievement Award page. For all other awards, please use the OSAF Awards Nomination Form (docx) to make your nomination.

The next awards will be presented OSAF annual meeting in spring 2017.

Forester of the Year

To be presented annually to a member of the Oregon Society of American Foresters selected to be recognized by his/her peers for contributing to both the profession and the public through application of his/her professional skills to the advancement of forestry in Oregon and through public service that benefits his/her community or some larger segment of society. Past recipients.

Forestry Appreciation Award

To be presented whenever appropriate (not necessarily annually, not limited to one per year) to individuals outside the forestry profession, groups or institutions (clubs, company, government agency, etc.) deemed by the Oregon Society to have contributed significantly to the advancement of forestry in Oregon. Past recipients.

Tough Tree Award

To be presented whenever appropriate to one or more members of the Oregon Society of American Foresters who have demonstrated sustained, excellent professional performance in an extremely adverse work climate. Some examples of extremely adverse conditions include risk to the individual's life, property, health, or career; intense pressure and criticism by the news media; intense pressure from hostile special interest groups, or continuous exposure to elements which threaten the safety of the public. Past recipients.

Chapter Achievement Award

To be presented to an Oregon Society Chapter which has made extraordinary achievements in membership, service to members, community service, chapter management and participated in forest policy and legislation in the preceding year. A balanced rating system using the above criteria will determine the qualifying chapter. The system is carefully designed to give equal opportunity to both large and small chapters. Chapters are required to submit achievement data for the preceding year to qualify for the award. Past recipients.

Research Award

To be presented in recognition of outstanding achievement in any branch of science leading to advancement in either the science or practice of forestry in Oregon. The award is presented whenever appropriate at the annual meeting of the Oregon Society of American Foresters. Past recipients.

Young Forester Leadership Award

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.

Oregon State University Student Award

To be presented annually to an Oregon State University forestry student who is a member of the Society of American Foresters, participates regularly in OSU SAF activities, including a leadership role of some kind, represents the OSU SAF Student Chapter at state or national SAF gatherings, and who demonstrates good academic standing, good citizenship and excellence in extracurricular and professional work activities. Past recipients

Community College Student Award

To be presented annually to an Oregon community college student who is a member of the Society of American Foresters, participates regularly in their respective student SAF chapter (or local chapter) activities, including a leadership role of some kind, represents the community college SAF student chapter at state or national SAF gatherings, and who demonstrates good academic standing, good citizenship and excellence in extracurricular and professional work activities. This award was first offered for 2012 accomplishments.  Past recipients

Lifetime Achievement Award

To be presented in recognition of lifetime contribution to the Society of American Foresters and lifetime achievement in the forestry profession by a member of the Oregon Society. The award is to be presented whenever appropriate to one or more members at the annual meeting of the Oregon Society of American Foresters. Past recipients.

OSAF Heritage Award

To be presented to private organizations for sustained excellent performance and support of SAF (25 to 50+ years) in three key areas: 1) stewardship in forestry resource management and communities, 2) support for SAF/OSAF activities (events, meetings, activities, fund raisers, advertisements, etc., and 3) support for SAF/OSAF employee membership/participation. The award is to be presented whenever appropriate to one or more organizations at the annual meeting of the Oregon Society of American Foresters, with due consideration given to nominations of organizations from the regional area of the respective OSAF Annual Meeting. This award is new for 2017.

National Awards

A complete list of national awards, including criteria, forms, and more, can be found on the national SAF website.

Presidential Field Forester Awards

It is appropriate that SAF recognize those members of our profession who actively practice professional forestry in the field. Practitioners are the true foundation of our profession. Practitioners often operate in nearly complete anonymity, yet their actions are the single most important contribution to the viability and understanding of our profession. This is where forestry truly happens and it is important that we recognize those who perform the art and science of forestry each and every day.

There is a large number of field foresters who should be recognized for their talent and accomplishments. These deserving individuals can be found in all regions of the U.S. Using SAF presidential prerogative, 11 members -- one from each of the eleven SAF districts -- will be selected to receive an outstanding field forester achievement award each year. This will assure that each region of the U.S. will be able to recognize an outstanding field forester. Past recipients.

Fellow Awards

The Fellow Award recognizes extraordinary contribution to forestry through 1) a strong continuing commitment through direct SAF volunteer activities; and 2) exemplary action and sustained leadership, and 3) advancement of the forestry profession in at least one of the following areas:  (a) application of forestry, (b) education, (c) public policy, (d) research, or (e) technology transfer. 

For more information or to nominate a colleague, visit the Fellows page on the national SAF website.

2016 District 2 Fellows Committee
E. Lynn Burkett, Chair  (2017) eburkett@blm.gov
Richard Powell (2018) dick@starkerforests.com
Jim Rombach (2016) jlrombach@aol.com
Mark Buckbee (2018) buckbeefamily@msn.com
Marc Vomocil (2019) marc@starkerforests.com