Who We Are
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.
The Southeastern Society of American Foresters (SESAF) Leadership provides direction within SESAF to ensure the achievement of its mission.
- Advance the science, technology, education, and practice of forestry;
- Enhance the competency of its members;
- Establish professional excellence; and
- 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.
Chapters are the core of the Society and consist of local groups of SAF members in a specific area. Chapter officers are elected to help manage and guide the group. Most chapters charge dues to pay for operating expenses.
Rules adopted by SESAF, setting policies or conditions under which SESAF is operated. SESAF Bylaws (pdf)
The purpose of these principles and pledges is to govern the professional conduct of members of SESAF and all SAF members in their relationship with the land, the public, their employers, their clients, and each other.
Volunteer Organizational Structure (VOS) Task Force Report
The objective of the VOS TF was to evaluate the effectiveness of the current organizational structure in meeting the mission and strategic direction of the Society of American Foresters. Council received the report December 4, 2004. Download it here (pdf).