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Who We Are

Since 1900, the Society of American Foresters has provided access to information and networking opportunities to prepare members for the challenges and the changes that face natural resource professionals.

SAF Core Values are:

  1. Forests are a fundamental source of global health and human welfare,
  2. Forests must be sustained through simultaneously meeting environmental, economic, and community aspirations and needs,
  3. Foresters are dedicated to sound forest management and conservation, and
  4. Foresters serve landowners and society by providing sound knowledge and professional management skills

Mission Statement

The Society of American Foresters (SAF) is the national scientific and educational organization representing the forestry profession in the United States. Founded in 1900 by Gifford Pinchot, it is the largest professional society for foresters in the world. 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 ethic 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. SAF is a nonprofit organization meeting the requirements of 501 (c) (3). SAF members include natural resource professionals in public and private settings, researchers, CEOs, administrators, educators, and students.


SAF Annual Report
The Society of American Foresters has published its 2005 Annual Report. The report takes a succinct look at SAF's 2005 achievements and finances. It also provides an overview of SAF programs and services and how they assist the forestry profession to reach society's goals for its forests.

SAF Structure
Discover how Council, State Societies, Divisions, Chapters and other groups all fit together to form SAF!

State and Multistate Societies
These 32 societies elect their own officers and committees for state and regional activities.

Code of Ethics
The purpose of these principles and pledges is to govern the professional conduct of members of SAF in their relationship with the land, the public, their employers, their clients, and each other.

National Awards
Click here to learn about SAF National Awards. Descriptions, criteria and nomination procedures are included.

Constitution & Bylaws
Have a question about the SAF Constitution or Bylaws? Here they are!

Giving Program

Strategic Plan

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