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Please Join us for Lunch with Dr. Robert Nelson, Professor of Public Policy at the University of Maryland
Charter Forests: A New Management Approach for National Forests

September 28, 2015 - 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
American Forest & Paper Association - 1101 K St NW #700, Washington, DC 20005

Bob will discuss his recent forest policy report, written in conjunction with the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC), Charter Forests: A new Management Approach for National Forests. “The report puts forth an alternative approach to national forest management—the creation of “charter forests.” Much like charter schools, the key principle of charter forests is freedom with accountability. Charter forests would be freed from the centralized administration of the Forest Service, and management would be devolved to individual autonomous forests capable of more creative and locally responsive management. Charter forests would operate under federal oversight, including broad land use goals and performance standards to protect environmental quality. But they would have the flexibility to develop and implement innovative solutions to forest management—something sorely needed on national forests today.”– Read more here.


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Virginia Loves Trees License Plate
NCSAF member Paul Ries shared information on an effort underway to recognize the importance of urban trees and woods to the Commonwealth of Virginia. There is a campaign underway to produce the license plate shown below, provided there are least 450 applications. Applications are being accepted and once the magic number is reached it will go into production. Click on the link above for more information and do your part to show that Virginia is for Tree Lovers.

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What is the National Capital SAF?

The National Capital SAF is one of thirty-two State Societies that make up the national organization of the SAF.  Our members generally live and work in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.  However, there are two other State Societies located in our metropolitan area - the Appalachian Society in northern Virginia and the Allegheny Society in Maryland.  We have over 300 members in the National Capital SAF. Members may join any state society they wish by paying the appropriate state society dues.

Our NCSAF members serve in positions with Federal and local governments, forest industry and affiliated organizations, non-governmental conservation and environmental organizations, colleges and universities, and small businesses, including consulting foresters.  In addition, some of our members are now retired.

L to R:
Ted Beauvais, Past Chair; David Gwaze, Fundraising; Jeanne Kavinski, Membership; Bryan Petit, Past Program; Tim Resch, Web Master, Darrel Pendris, Past Treasurer; Christine Cadigan, Treasurer; Jake Donnay, Secretary; Daina Apple, Science and Technology Coordinator; Chris Farley, Newsletter and Andy Mason, Chair.
Not pictured: Jeff Bradley, Chair-elect; Eric Norland, Program; Chinling Chen, Service; Terri Bates, Communications; Nadine Block, Nominations and Recognition; and Doug MacCleery, Historian

What is the Society of American Foresters (SAF)?

The Society of American Foresters (SAF) is the national scientific and educational organization representing the forestry profession in the United States.  Founded in 1900 by Gifford Pinchot, it is the largest professional society in the world for foresters and other professions interested in forestry.

The mission of the Society of American Foresters is to advance the science, education, technology, and practice of forestry; to enhance the competency of its members; to establish professional excellence; and, to use the knowledge, skills, and conservation ethic of the profession to ensure the continued health and use of forest ecosystems and the present and future availability of forest resources to benefit society. SAF is a nonprofit organization meeting the requirements of 501 (c) (3). SAF members include natural resource professionals in public and private settings, researchers, CEOs, administrators, educators, and students.

For more information on SAF, please explore the national SAF website

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