The Society of American Foresters has a responsibility to anticipate, identify and define opportunities, problems and issues related to forest resources. The Society's Forest Policies, approved by referendum, guide positions the Society takes in contributing its professional knowledge to public deliberations on forestry issues.
SAF promotes policies that:
- Encourage conservation of, or investment in, forest resources to satisfy future expectations,
- Resolve conflicts about forest uses and forestland allocations to make future investments more secure,
- Promote the equitable distribution of forest benefits to strengthen public support for forest resource conservation, and
- Increase cooperation between and among foresters and forestry institutions throughout the world who are developing mutually beneficial approaches to these challenges.
The Society's position-taking procedure assures analytical, objective and democratic analysis of forestry issues. Interdisciplinary task forces study and prepare reports on resource issues. Task force members represent the various disciplinary and philosophical segments of the forestry profession and are selected for their knowledge about the issues. Position statements draw from task force reports and are reviewed by forest policy and science experts and the Society's governing council before being adopted.
Current Position Statements:
Active Management to Achieve and Maintain Healthy Forests (pdf)
Commercial Harvest on Public Lands in Oregon (pdf)
Forestry Professionals as Stakeholders (pdf)
Landslides on Forest Lands (pdf)
Managing Mature & Old-Growth Forests (pdf)
Managing Riparian Forests (pdf)
Salvage Harvesting (pdf)
Thinning on Public Lands in Oregon (pdf) NEW!
Using Herbicides on Forest Lands (pdf)
Policy Related Letters Submitted:
National Position Statements
SAF's national position statements are important components of our advocacy and outreach efforts. They serve as a foundation to guide our actions on particular issues and act as a catalyst to further dialogue and engagement with policymakers, the media, partner organizations, and SAF units.
Here is a link to our National Position Statements