Oregon SAF


Agroforestry for Sustainable Production & Resilient Landscapes

2019 North American Agroforestry Conference

Oregon State University | Corvallis, Oregon

June 24-27, 2019


The Association for Temperate Agroforestry (AFTA) is pleased to announce the 16th North American Agroforestry Conference, hosted by Oregon State University. The 2019 conference will bring together agroforestry producers, researchers, educators, students, and those involved with related work in the fields of permaculture and agroecology.

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Oregon SAF Hosts First Annual Trail Run

On September 21st, the Oregon Society of American Foresters will host its first annual evening trail run, the SAFsquatch Scurry. Run with a forester on a 5k or 10k race, both starting and ending in Peavy Arboretum. Funds raised will benefit the Oregon Society of American Foresters, which is the largest state affiliate of the national Society of American Foresters, representing over 800 Oregonians in forestry and natural resources professions.  

Regional Forester for Region 6, Jim Peña, Announces Retirement


On May 9, 2018, Jim Peña announced his retirement as Regional Forester for Region 6, effective July 3 of this year.  Region 6 is a linchpin of federal timber supply and has tremendous potential for active management.  AFRC staff will work with the Forest Service to ensure that important Region initiatives continue uninterrupted. AFRC will also closely monitor the selection process for the next Regional Forester.


We thank Jim for his years of service and wish him and his family well.


Coos Chapter SAF Awards C. Wylie Smith III Memorial Scholarship to two Oregon State University Students


Two Oregon State University students from Douglas County were awarded C. Wylie Smith III Memorial Scholarships.  The two recipients are Corrine Walters and Chad Bebeau.  Corrine Walters is a graduate from Roseburg High School and Chad Bebeau is a graduate from Oakland High School.


The Northwest Community Forest Forum: May 9-11

The Northwest Community Forest Forum is taking place in Astoria from May 9-11. The full agenda can be found here. It is three days of events: an opening keynote by Katie Voelke of the North Coast Land Conservancy on the evening of Wednesday 9th, kicking off the Forum with a look at the landscape of the region and the history of Oregon community forests; Thursday features presentations, stories, breakout sessions and workshops by a host of panelists, including Dr.

Guest Viewpoint from Emerald Chapter

The Emerald Chapter's Chair, Noelle Arena, put together a response to an opinion piece called “To address climate change, stop clear-cutting.” It was published on April 8, 2018 in The Register-Guard as "Sustainably Managed Forestry is Carbon-Neutral." The viewpoint explains how "sustainably managed forests can reduce greenhouse gas concentrations by sequestering atmospheric carbon in trees and soil, and by storing carbon in wood products made from the harvested trees." The article certainly got the attention of several Oregonians, including the Forum Editor for Hearld and News where it was

'Emerging Voices in Forestry' Returns to Portland Free Tickets Available for the October 15 Community Event

The Hagenstein Lectures, a new community event presented by the World Forestry Center and the Society of American Foresters, will return to Portland on Sunday afternoon, October 15. Continuing the “Emerging Voices in Forestry” series started in 2016, ten young foresters under the age 45 who are working at the forefront of social, economic, and environmental change will be featured.

Umpqua Chapter SAF Engage with Students at Tenth Annual Umpqua Community College Explore Event

Five Umpqua Chapter SAF members engaged with students at the Tenth Annual Umpqua Community College Explore Event (Explore Engineering, Surveying, Forestry, Computing and Computer Science) about career opportunities and pathways in Forestry and Forest Engineering.   

Emerging Voices in Forestry to Convene in Portland on October 9

The Hagenstein Lectures, an exciting community event presented by the World Forestry Center and the Society of American Foresters, debuts Sunday, October 9 at the World Forestry Center in Portland under the theme of “Emerging Voices in Forestry.” The lectures will introduce five young foresters that are all working at the forefront of social, economic, and environmental change. Urban professionals, college students, and other adults interested in creative thinking to advance sustainable forestry in the 21st century should attend.


October Conference to Focus on Tribal Perspectives

Forestry and natural resource professionals are invited to participate in a conference that will bring the Intertribal Timber Council (ITC) and Society of American Foresters (SAF) together to discuss the role of Tribal forestry in forest management in the region with the theme, Partnership Opportunities with Indian Forestry: A Tribal Perspective.


The conference will take place October 5-7 at the Northern Quest Casino near Spokane, Wash., and will include indoor sessions as well as an evening networking social that will feature a student posters session.


Study: Millions of zombie trees occupy Oregon’s national forests

These are Oregon’s “zombie” trees. And according to an analysis commissioned by the Oregon Forest Resources Institute, more than 350 million individual trees are standing dead in the 14 million acres of national forestland in Oregon. The bad news? The number of dead trees is expected to increase, providing more fuel for catastrophic wildfires.