Welcome to the Wisconsin Society of American Foresters Website
This site is maintained for the 500 members of the Wisconsin Society of American Foresters (WISAF).
The purpose of the Website is to:
What is the national Society of American Foresters?
The Society of American Foresters (SAF) is the national scientific and
educational organization representing the forestry profession in the
SAF provides information and networking opportunities to prepare its
members for the challenges and the changes that face natural resource
professionals. The Society is the accreditation authority for professional
forestry education in the
SAF is the nationally recognized source for information on the
management of natural resources. On Capitol Hill in Washington
D.C. and in Madison, the SAF is often the first
source for information on natural resources policy. Membership in the SAF
has been called the most important step in a natural resource
professional's career. Foresters and forestry-related professionals are
invited to join the Society. For
more information, call the national SAF headquarters in Bethesda,
at (301) 897-8720 or visit national SAF online.
Members subscribe to a code of professional ethics
that recognizes stewardship of the land as the cornerstone of the forestry
profession and requires members to advocate and practice land management
consistent with ecologically sound principles. The code of ethics is the
foundation for SAF membersí professional behavior in relations with the
land, the public, their employees (including clients), and with each other.
SAF Organizational Structure
The structure of the Society is made up of :
SAF Council - The Society is governed
by a Council comprising the president, vice-president, immediate past
president, and 11 elected members. Chairs of the House of Society
Delegates, the Forest Science and Technology Board, and the Committee on
Forest Policy attend and participate in Council meetings and discussions as
non-voting members. Our
representative on the national SAF Council is John Kotar, a forestry professor
264 Chapters - These local chapters fall within the state and multistate societies. Wisconsin Society of American Foresters includes six local chapters across the state plus two student chapters. Chapters are the core of the Society.
28 Technical Working Groups - The working groups are meant to
accommodate specific professional interests.
About SAF in Wisconsin
Wisconsin SAF is one of the 33 state and multi-state
societies that make up the Society of American Foresters. Our members represent all segments
of the forestry profession in Wisconsin
and our membership includes natural resource professionals in public and
private settings, researchers, CEOs, administrators, educators, forest
technicians and students.
Our mission as foresters is to be responsible stewards
of the earth's forests while meeting society's vital needs. The challenge
of our mission lies in maintaining productive and diverse forest land base, while
utilizing its resources. We meet this challenge by
carefully monitoring and managing the effects of natural and human forces
on the forest. Our decisions are guided by our professional knowledge, our desire to improve citizens' lives,
and our respect and concern for the entire forest ecosystem. By advancing
forestry science, education, technology, and the practice of forestry,
WiSAF provides the leadership to achieve its mission.
WiSAF members, in their various professional jobs,
play a major role in managing the 16-million acres of forest land in
Wisconsin. These forests provide a variety of benefits for
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