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View photo slide show of some of Intermountain SAF's past meetings:!136&parid=root

UTAH FOREST NEWS, An index of the periodic newsletter designed for professional and non-professionals alike.  Published by the Forestry Extension Service of Utah State University.


The Society of American Foresters recognizes and honors members who have performed service to the forestry profession and to the Society through various Awards.  A list of Intermountain SAF member awards is available through this link.



A Position of the Intermountain Society of American Foresters.  Adopted on February 15, 2013. This position statement will remain in effect for 10 years, unless after substantial review, the Intermountain SAF Executive Committee decides otherwise.  Preparation Team.

Restoring and Maintaining Resilient Landscapes via Active Vegetation Management

A joint position statement of the Inland Empire and Intermountain Societies, Society of American Foresters, August 2011 as input to the National Cohesive Fire Management Planning Strategy.  This position will expire August 2, 2016 unless renewed by the joint Executive Committees. Link to the Cohesive Fire Management Planning report:

(note that past Positions, if drafted today, might be different given changing issues and newer science)

Expired April 4, 2009.


A joint position statement of the Inland Empire and Intermountain Societies, Society of American Foresters, December 2002

Expired December 23, 2007. 

Long-term Vegetation Change in Utah’s Henry Mountains:  A STUDY IN REPEAT PHOTOGRAPHY.  Charles M. Kay, 2014. (61mb file size)







March 22, 2012:  Robert Malmsheimer testifies on the FY2013 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Budget

EXCERPTS FROM THE DIARY OF THEODORE W. "DOC" DANIEL, Emeritus Professor of Forestry, Utah State University

These excerpts provide a historical perspective of the Intermountain Society from 1944 to 2000.

Theodore W. Daniel, 96, died on Friday, July 30, 2004, in Logan, Utah.

Herald Journal

Utah Forest News



August 2006


Utah Chapter SAF recently provided $500 and the Intermountain Section SAF provided $250 to the Emery County, Utah 4H Forestry team to help defray travel expenses for their participation in the National Forestry Contest in Weston, West Virginia on July 23-27.  This was  the first time that Utah was represented at this event.

Gaylene Conder, Extension secretary in Emery County and contact for the Utah 4H Forestry Team, said it was a "great experience, they learned a lot, now they know what to study, the kids gained friends for life, and many came back using southern drawls."

Fifteen teams were present, mostly from the South, the Utah team loved the Arkansas and Tennessee teams, and want to continue this next year. Darren McAvoy offered some coaching help for the next year's team. 

More information on this event is available @



A coalition of organizations concerned about protecting communities from catastrophic wildfires has released a step-by-step handbook that guides local communities in wildfire prone areas to better prepare and reduce the future risks of catastrophic wildfires. The handbook, developed jointly by the Society of American Foresters, the National Association of State Foresters (NASF), the National Association of Counties (NACo), the Western Governors’ Association (WGA), and the Communities Committee of the Seventh American Forest Congress, and endorsed by the Southern Governors'  Association, offers a detailed description of how to create a community wildfire protection plan as allowed by the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 (HFRA).


For a copy of the handbook, titled “Preparing a Community Wildfire Protection Plan: A Handbook for Wildland-Urban Interface Communities” and other resources for developing community wildfire protection plans, visit the SAF website


Please keep your information on file with SAF up-to-date. Provide changes to: Amy Ziadi, data systems administrator, SAF National Office, 5400 Grosvenor Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814, (301) 897-8720, ext. 102,


Changing Demographics in Forestry Enrollments at Utah State University and Implications for Curriculum Development and SAF Accreditation

Terry L. Sharik, Head, Department of Forest Resources, Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322-5215

August 2000

Changes in our undergraduate enrollments since 1988 reflect changing demands on the part of our students and changes in the forestry and related natural resource professions in general. In 1988, we enrolled 65 undergraduates in three degree programs, i.e., Forestry (44), Recreation Resource Management (13), and Environmental Studies (8). By 1999, our enrollment had increased to 162 students in these same three degree programs, with numbers at 48, 22, and 92, respectively. These data indicate that Forestry enrollments have remained relatively flat over this 12-year period while enrollments in Environmental Studies have increased dramatically. Put another way, Forestry went from representing two-thirds of our enrollment in 1988 to accounting for less than a third at the present, while Environmental Studies jumped from 12 to 57 percent over the same period.

These shifts in enrollment call into question the allocation of resources among our degree programs. It is interesting to note that we have 9 required courses at the upperclass level in our Forestry major which are required of no other major in the College of Natural Resources and are taken by few students outside the Forestry major (with the exception of the Fire Management course, FR 4520). Consequently enrollments are low, averaging about 12 students per academic year. In contrast, we have no courses required by Environmental Studies students that are not required of most other students in the College, and thus enrollments in these courses are much larger (on the order of 50-100 students). If we assume that student/faculty ratio is a good indicator of the quality of education, then we may conclude from this analysis that Forestry students receive a very high quality education relative to other majors in our department, and indeed the college. Moreover, they receive this quality at a very low cost, USU ranking second from the bottom nationally in terms of undergraduate tuition among research universities in the U.S.

The above sorts of inequities and inefficiencies, coupled with a desire to enhance the overall quality of education for our undergraduates, prompted the College of Natural Resources to embark on a major review of its undergraduate degree programs during the 1999-2000 academic year. This review resulted in a draft proposal for an undergraduate education model that recommends, among other elements, the collapsing of 8 degree programs into one and the formulation of 7 Areas of Emphasis within this single degree program that do not bear traditional names such as Forestry, Recreation, Fisheries and Wildlife, and Range, but rather emerging areas of interest, such as Ecosystem Management and Conservation and Management of Populations. In the spirit of efficiency, the model also implies a review of upperclass courses that do not meet the needs of more than one Area of Emphasis. Relative to Forestry, one might ask if we need courses in Forest measurements, policy, economics, and management in addition to core courses in Natural Resources in the same areas.

Clearly our proposed undergraduate education model has strong implications for accreditation of our undergraduate Forestry degree program. Accreditation aside, some on our faculty are deeply concerned that the loss of traditional degrees will render our students unemployable. However, at the same time, SAF is undergoing a review of its accreditation standards. It will be interesting to see what the accredited forestry degree program will look like at the beginning of the next millennium, if indeed there is such a degree program.

Educational Programs and Volunteer Foresters
During the 1999-2000 school year the SAF National Office participated in an educational mailing to elementary school teachers in the Intermountain area, offering a copy of our Centennial video "Foresters: Growing Forests for Our Future."  SAF offered to arrange for a professional forester to visit the classroom to show the 15-minute video and engage students in a discussion about natural resource management. SAF was overwhelmed by requests and recruited the help of some generous member and non-member foresters.  Response from the teachers and students was highly favorable and rewarding, including "thank you" letters from many of the students.  SAF would like to extend thanks to the following foresters who donated their time to participate in this educational program:

Doug Austin

Bob Earl

Rob Mrowka

John Shaw

Brad Exton

Doug Page

Bob Davis

Reese Pope

Henry Lachowski

Jeannie Higgins

Barbara Gardner

Ron Larsen

Randy Kaufman

Gary Cornell

Clark Fleege

Morris Huffman

Founding Member of Greenpeace Speaks Out for Sustainable Forestry
Dr. Patrick Moore heads Greenspirit, Vancouver, B.C., a consultancy focused on environmental policy and communications. He has been a leader in the international environmental field for over 25 years and was a founding member of Greenpeace. Currently, as chair of the forest practices committee of the Forest Alliance of British Columbia, he leads the process of developing the "Principles of Sustainable Forestry," which have been adopted by the majority of the industry. The attached article is based on an address Dr. Moore delivered at the recent National Wooden Pallet and Container Association Pallet Summit meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio. Read Dr. Moore's article.  Dr. Moore has an Internet site at

Forests of Discord
SAF has recently published a new booklet concerning controversies surrounding the management of public lands entitled Forests of Discord.  ". . . the language that governs the public lands is sometimes contradictory, and clear direction about priorities is lacking.  . . .  Multiple use has become an engine of conflict that pits one interest group against another and denies land managers a clear mandate."  Click here to view the Executive Summary (pdf format, order form attached).

MacCleery Paper on Ecological Sustainability and Consumption
Doug MacCleery, assistant Director of Forest Management for the USDA-Forest Service in Washington, D.C., recently wrote an insightful paper dealing with the "ecological transfer effects" of the shift in forest management away from public lands. Read Mr. MacCleery's paper.

Friends of IMSAF
Intermountain SAF has established "IMSAF Friends" for non-members who wish to be involved in meetings and functions. Friends receive meeting announcements and are welcome to participate in Chapter functions. Friends do not receive SAF national publications, nor do they have voting or office-holding privileges, and there are no educational or professional requirements for SAF Friends (these items are associated with membership). Friends may learn of meeting schedules at no cost via the Intermountain SAF Web page or via email. To receive postal notification, Friends pay a nominal fee of $5/year, which is used to cover announcement and newsletter publication and postage. You may inquire with any of the SAF Officers if interested in becoming a SAF Friend.