Welcome to the 
Intermountain Society of American Foresters 
Home Page



Who we are and what our purpose is:

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.  We are a nonprofit organization. SAF members include natural resource professionals in public and private settings, researchers, CEOs, administrators, educators, and students.

Each SAF member has agreed to abide by a strict Code of Ethics.

SAF Mission Statement:

The Intermountain SAF is a part of the Society of American Foresters and includes over 200 members that reside in Utah, Nevada, southern Idaho, and western Wyoming. There are three Chapters and two student Chapters in the Intermountain Society: Nevada, Utah, and Snake River (southern Idaho and northwest Wyoming), and Utah State University Student and University of Nevada-Reno Student Chapters.

Read former USFS Chief Dale Bosworth’s thoughts.

Discover more about the SAF and forestry through the following links:

SAF National Home Page
Forestry and forest practices
SAF Advocacy & Outreach (policy)
SAF publications
SAF State Societies

National Association of State Foresters

USDA-Forest Service

USDI-Bureau of Land Management, Forestry

Web site maintained by Doug Page, IMSAF Communications Chair

copyrightę SAF


The Intermountain Society of American Foresters thanks USU for providing the space for this web site.

What profession affects every aspect of your life, every day?

Chances are your answer wasn't forestry.

But can you imagine life with no clean water, no homes for people or wildlife, no places to enjoy the outdoors?  For over 100 years, professional foresters have been working hard to ensure that neither you nor future generations have to imagine such a life.


Americans once considered the vast forests stretching from Maine to the Pacific Northwest to be endless. In the 20th century the science of forestry developed, and it became clear that although these forests were not inexhaustible they were renewable. Over the past century the profession has continued to address issues of sustainability, with foresters working in such diverse areas as forest ecology, wildlife management, soil conservation, remote sensing and geographic information systems, urban forestry, and recreation. Employers include the USDA Forest Service, state land management agencies, the forest products industry, colleges and universities, private consulting firms, and nonprofit organizations.


The Society of American Foresters and the National Arbor Day Foundation have formed a partnership to plant trees across the nation. SAF members participate in projects with local schools, community groups, and civic organizations. State observances are commonly held the last Friday in April, but a number are held at other times to coincide with the best tree-planting weather, from January and February in the South to May in the far North.


SAF members are contributing wood products, services, cash, labor, and landscaping services as part of the Society's Forests for HumanityTM program. The program provides homes for families in need, while raising awareness of the connection between forestry and the wood products we use every day.


Among other items available through SAF, two award-winning products offer dramatic visual portrayals of forestry's challenges and successes. "Foresters: Growing Forests for Our Future" is an energetic, dynamic, and entertaining video showing foresters at work. The book The Greatest Good: 100 Years of Forestry in America is a stunning pictorial history of the profession in North America.

100 Years of Forestry

"I believe that there is no body of men who have it in their power today to do a greater service to the country than those engaged in the scientific study of, and practical application of, approved methods of forestry for the preservation of the woods of the United States."  THEODORE ROOSEVELT, 1903

The Society of American Foresters, which today numbers more than 17,000 committed men and women, has reflected the profession's commitment to the enduring truth of President Roosevelt's words. Here are some highlights:

  • 1900 - Yale School of Forestry is founded. Today, SAF maintains high professional standards through accreditation of forestry curricula in colleges and universities nationwide.
  • 1917 - SAF publishes first issue of the Journal of Forestry. SAF continues to publish scientific journals and books and conduct conferences and workshops that provide state-of-science, policy, and technical information.
  • 1960 - Multiple-Use Sustained-Yeild Act directs Forest Service to give equal consideration to outdoor recreation, range, timber, water, and wildlife and fish. Contemporary policyrnakers look to the Society and its members to provide testimony and expert opinions on wide-ranging topics within the natural resources arena.
  • 1971 - Subject-area working groups are established within SAF to provide an effective means for the development, dissemination, and use of forest sciences information. SAF's award-winning website serves as an indispensable resource for science-based data and news.
  • 1994 - SAF introduces Certified Forester' program. The Society, in keeping with its mission, provides a national standard for ensuring professional competency and lifelong learning.

  • 2000 - The Society launches its Centennial Celebration. SAF's Media Relations Project, in which more than 200 volunteers have established ongoing media connections, has resulted in the publication of hundreds of articles and letters addressing misinformation about forestry as well as unprecedented coverage of organizational programs.

Contact Intermountain SAF:  visit our Facebook Page or email us at IntSAF@outlook.com

For more National information on projects, sales items, and activities contact

Society of American Foresters
5400 Grosvenor Lane
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-2198

Phone: (301) 897-8720
Fax: (301) 897-3690

E-mail: membership@safnet.org

Website: http://www.eforester.org/main