Oregon SAF


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.


Alaska State Society of American Foresters Position Statement on Alaska Forest Resources and Practices Act

In March of 2018 the AKSAF Executive Committee sent a letter to the Alaska Special House Committee on Fisheries regarding House Bill 199.  Alaska House Bill 199 is; “An Act establishing major and minor anadromous fish habitat permits for certain activities; establishing related penalties; and relating to fish ways and the protection of anadromous and other fish habitat”.  The original language in the bill called for the assumption of all surface waters in Alaska to be classified as anadromous, changes to riparian buffers and bonding requirements for fish habitat permits.  The language in mo

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

Become a Volunteer American Tree Farm Inspector!

American Tree Farm System is looking for new inspectors in Oregon! Please register and share with your forester colleagues.


American Tree Farm System is a free forest certification opportunity for small private forest landowners. Forest certification is the certification of land management practices to a standard of sustainability. The American Tree Farm System certifies forest management to eight standards of sustainability.


'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.