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A Role for Contemporary Forestry in the Quest for Sustainability

I’m often asked, “Why do people cut down trees?”

The short answer is to address societal demands. Whether for fire safety, habitat management, or supply wood products, the question goes far beyond an economic explanation. Why do we cut down trees is a powerful question in an era where we speak daily of our quest for sustainability. We’ve seen bans on plastic bags or straws, developed electric cars, and certified buildings based on environmental standards. However, collectively, we haven’t carefully considered the role forestry can play in creating a sustainable society.

OSAF's Policy Booklet

Oregon SAF Policy Committee finished their Policy Booklet.  It was designed to communicate important forestry issues from a Society of American Foresters' perspective.  The intent of this brochure is for it to be distributed to your State Legislators. Though, it could be helpful for anyone who wants to know more about forestry in Oregon.  Mark Buckbee successfully lead this project from start to finish.

Dr. Cushing Begins Term as SAF President

On January 1, 2020, Tamara Cushing, PhD, began her one-year term as president of the Society of American Foresters (SAF). Founded in 1900 by Gifford Pinchot and headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, SAF is a national organization that represents and serves 11,000 forestry professionals in the United States. Dr. Cushing will continue serving on SAF’s Board of Directors for the next two years, including as immediate past president in 2021.

PNW Leadership Conference

Heathman Lodge

Forestry and natural resources professionals and students from the Pacific Northwest are invited to participate in the 2020 Leadership

Conference on January 31 and February 1, at The Heathman Lodge in Vancouver,Washington. Participants will gain insights through leadership

lessons from experienced leaders and learn effective communication skills

Oregon State University selects Thomas H. DeLuca as new College of Forestry dean

Tom Deluca

Oregon State University has selected Thomas H. DeLuca, a higher education leader with deep experience in both natural resource and environmental issues, as the next Cheryl Ramberg-Ford and Allyn C. Ford Dean of the OSU College of Forestry.

DeLuca, a forest soil scientist whose long research career includes more than a decade in Sweden and the United Kingdom, comes to OSU from the University of Montana, where he is the dean of the W.A. Franke College of Forestry & Conservation.