SAF's award-winning book is a stunning pictorial history of forestry in America.

How does SAF benefit Employers?

It's almost like having 17,000 new foresters on your staff.

That's right!  When your employees join the Society of American Foresters, they'll be able to tap into the experience and expertise of more than 17,000 forestry and natural resource professionals each and every day.  In addition they'll have myriad opportunities for professional growth and recognition, which will ultimately benefit you and your company.

You'll save time and money with SAF resources.  Check out what you and your employees will gain.
Quality Assurance

Influence on Forest Policy

Leadership Skills

Information Resources

You invest time and money in your employees.

It's time you made the most of your investment.

Be sure your employees have the best tools, resources, and contacts available to do their job.  You'll increase productivity and benefit from the experience and knowledge that thousands of experienced forestry professionals can provide.

How can you, as an employer, support membership in the Society of American Foresters?

  • Reimburse all or part of employees' membership dues.

  • Allow employees time off work to participate in Society meetings.

  • Encourage employees to volunteer their time and expertise to SAF programs and projects.

  • Acknowledge employees' SAF affiliation with a letter for their personnel file or in an employee newsletter.

  • Reimburse employees for all or part of national convention or local meeting attendance.

  • Invite a local SAF leader to talk with employees during a special meeting.



    SAF publishes books and monographs that both celebrate the history of forestry and ensure that foresters have indepth knowledge of contemporary issues within the profession.

    Contact Us!

    Local Contacts:

    Visit our Intermountain SAF Members and Officers page to find out who are the local members and officers, and how to contact them. 

    Visit our Meetings Schedule page to find out about local and regional meetings and events.

    Visit our News page to find out about local, regional, and national news pertaining to natural resource mangement and policy. 

    National Contacts:

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

    Phone: (301) 897-8720, ext. 108
    Fax:  (301) 897-3690



    Membership categories, dues structure, and applications availble online:


    How does SAF benefit
    Natural Resource Professionals?

    It's about time.

    Join the Society of American Foresters and gain access to a wealth of resources that will save you time and money. You'll stay informed about the complex world of natural resources, be it research, legislation, education, or new technology. Plus you'll have access to discounts on publications, education programs, insurance, and more!

    It's about science.

    Every month, the Journal of Forestry provides a wealth of scientific information, including scientific perspectives and analyses of the hottest issues facing our forests and the people who manage them. Forest roads, timberland taxes, pest management, green certification, and forest inventory systems are just a sampling of recent topics covered.

    For in depth forestry research, you can turn to SAF's quarterly journals, Forest Science and the Northern, Southern, and Western Journals of Applied Forestry. Members receive a discount on these internationally renowned periodicals that keep readers up to date on the latest research, forestry practices, and techniques.

    The Society also publishes books and mono-graphs that both celebrate the history of forestry and ensure that foresters have in depth knowledge of contemporary issues within the profession.

    Twenty-eight working groups enable members to focus on specific areas of scientific interest and communicate with peers to address issues of common concern, such as water resources, wildlife and fish ecology, silviculture, fire, urban forestry, land management, and recreation. Online newsletters enhance career development by providing information about upcoming meetings and opportunities to present papers and publish articles.

    It’s about information.

    The Forestry Source reports the latest forestry and SAF news, tracks legislation and cutting edge research, plus contains news from industry, government and other natural resource organizations.  The education calendar, classified ads, and science and technology updates make The Source a great tool for professional development.

    SAF's award-winning website,, is highly acclaimed as the most comprehensive online forestry resource available today.  Constantly updated and available 24 hours a day, it’s the best way to access the answers you need — when you need them.  Forestry news, products, jobs, people, legislative analysis — a visit to brings it all to you.

    It’s about contacts.

    As an SAF member, you can network with forestry and natural resource professionals from across the country who will offer advice, share experi-ences, and help you discover the best ways to achieve success. Whether you are new to the profession or a veteran in the field, you can always benefit from new ideas and joint solutions.

    • Enhance your knowledge of forestry and move forward in your career when you attend SAF s national convention and local continuing education events. Members can take advantage of substantial registration discounts.
    • Access SAF's online membership directory, leadership directory, and "Just for Students" section.
    • Post questions and receive advice on a wide range of topics on SAF's Members Only e-mail list exchange.
    • Connect with colleagues in your area by participating in programs offered by your state society, division, or chapter.
    Local and national meetings offer networking and learning opportunities to help members remain on the competitive edge of forestry.

    It's about influence.

    Members' interests in regulatory and legislative actions are represented through SAF's government affairs program. SAF testifies before congressional committees and the administration on issues such as forestry taxation reform, the management of our national forests and public lands, and the need to adequately fund programs such as Forest Inventory and Analysis.

    Staff and members frequently bring their expertise to Capitol Hill to testify on natural resource issues.

    Policymakers constantly refer to SAF's national and regional position statements, which are developed by experts in forest science, policy, and practice.

    More than 260 volunteers nationwide serve as media liaisons through the Media Relations Project, designed to address public misperceptions of forestry. As a result of the project, positive forestry stories in national and local newspapers have increased substantially. Valuable contributions of the profession are also high-lighted through television and radio public service announcements, the award-winning video "Foresters: Growing Forests for our Future" print advertisements, and feature articles.

    A weekly e-mail service keeps members apprised of what's happening in Congress so they can contact their local representatives.

    SAF's new video helps promote forestry as a career and dispels some of the myths.

    It’s about excellence.

    From accreditation of forestry curricula to certification of practicing foresters, SAF sets the standards for excellence in the profession. Providing leadership and Professional development opportunities for members is what SAF is all about.

    • The Society accredits forestry curricula that lead to bachelor's and master's degrees in forestry, and hosts a recognition program for forest technology educational curricula.
    • The Certified Forester® credential identifies professionals with a specific level of experience and education.  An online directory helps the public locate certified foresters in their area.
    • SAF tracks continuining education credits at your request, and will inform your employer when you ear 150 credits within a three-year period.
    • Hundreds of SAF members have sharpened their leadership skills as participants in SAF'S highly acclaimed annual Leadership Academy.
    • SAF provides opportunities for you to demonstrate knowledge and professional commitment to peers and employers by serving as a presenter at conferences or seminars.
    • SAF members agree to adhere to a Code of Ethics, contains principles designed to guide professional behavior.
    • SAF members demonstrate knowledge and professional commitment when they present professional papers at conferences and seminars.

    It's About Leadership

    • The annual Leadership Academy has helped hundreds of members improve their leadership skills and, as a result, enhance their job performance.  Sessions address issues such as personality styles in the workplace, team-building, and strengthening leadership skills in a diverse society.
    • Members enhance their expertise and improve organizational and time-management skills when they help plan and implement local and national programs or participate on committees.
    • A mentor program offers new professionals and more experienced members the opportunity to share and learn from one another.
    It's about you!

    The Society of American Foresters is your professional partner, bringing you information and support you can count on. 3oin us and become part of a unique network of more than 17,000 natural resource managers who are dedicated to improving the health and productivity of our forests.

    "My SAF membership has connected me to job opportunities, ref-erences and information. Listening to discussions from so many different points of view broadened my experience more than I ever imagined"
    —Teresa Catlin, Priest River, Idaho

    "When I needed long-term disability insurance, I obtained it through SAE The savings probably paid my dues"
    —Tom Geary, Washington, DC

    "1 find tremendous value in attending SAF state and national con-ventions. Learning how other people manage their forests gives me a better understanding of available options"
    —Mike Cafferata, Lyons, Oregon

    "Through local involvement, I have shared experiences with my fellow foresters that I couldn't get in any other organization. We have a common bond, andby learning and working together we are more effective than any of us working alone"
    —Stephanie Brown, Simpson, Illinois

    It’s an organizaiton with a proud history and a promising future.

    Gifford Pinchot founded the Society of American Foresters in 1900 to be the scientific and educational organization representing the forestry profession in the United States. Today it is the largest professional forestry society in the world. SAF members include scientists and practitioners working on private and public lands, researchers, administrators, educators, technicians, and graduate and undergraduate students of forestry and natural resources. SAF lists more than 700 job categories and nearly 14,000 different employers among its members.

    When you join SAF you'll join an organization celebrating 100 years of professional forestry. We look forward to your participation in a variety of special projects designed both to highlight our centennial and to carry the profession into the 21st century.

    The Society of American Foresters is a nonprofit organization meeting the IRS 501(c)(3) requirements.

    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.