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Fifth Annual Forest Products Legislative Reception

Jan. 4, 2017  • 

Washington State SAF is hosting our Fifth Annual Forest Products Legislative Reception. We want you to join us in this meet & greet style event that makes meeting and talking to legislators and colleagues fun and easy in a relaxed environment. 

Melody Mobley: A Pioneer, Black and Female

Nov. 7, 2016  • 

SAF Member Spotlight

In June Melody Mobley delivered the 2015 commencement address at the University of Washington’s School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (see and Not only was Mobley the first African American woman to graduate from the college with a bachelor’s degree in forest management, she was also the first African American woman hired as a forester by the US Forest Service.

During her 28-year career Mobley held positions that included forester and assistant district ranger, and a position on the Forest Management Staff in the agency’s Washington office, where she retired in 2005. Now she is penning an autobiography and seeking volunteer opportunities to connect children with nature. Here is an extract of a conversation Andrea Watts, associate editor of The Forestry Source, had with her in September of 2015.