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Please Join us for Lunch with Jim Furnish
Jim Furnish will be discussing his new book, Toward a Natural Forest, and the career that inspired it. From OSU Press: “Jim joined the U.S. Forest Service in 1965, enthusiastic and naive, proud to be part of such a storied and accomplished agency. Nothing could have prepared him for the crisis that would soon rock the agency to its foundation, as a burgeoning environmental movement challenged the Forest Service’s legacy and legitimacy.
In this revealing memoir, Furnish addresses the fundamental human drive to gain sustenance from and protect the Earth, believing that we need not destroy it in the process. Drawing on the author’s personal experience and his broad professional knowledge, Toward a Natural Forest illuminates the potential of the Forest Service to provide strong leadership in global conservation efforts. Those interested in our public lands—environmentalists, natural resource professionals, academics, and historians—will find Jim Furnish’s story deeply informed, thought-provoking, and ultimately inspiring.”
Jim Furnish is currently a consulting forester in the Washington D.C. area following a 34-year career with the USDA Forest Service. He last served as deputy chief for national forests; nine percent of all lands in the US. He also served as Siuslaw National Forest Supervisor in Corvallis, OR during the spotted owl crisis, reforming management from timber production to restoration principles. Jim was also a principle Forest Service leader in creating protections for 60 million acres of roadless areas in 2001. He has served on the board of directors for several conservation and faith-based organizations. His memoir “Toward a Natural Forest” (Oregon State University Press) speaks to forest management that works in concert with nature.
Location: Resources for the Future, 1616 P St NW - 7th Floor Conference Room Limited paid parking available, 3 blocks form DuPont Circle Metro Station
Cost: N/A - Brown Bag Lunch, snacks and refreshments will be available. Jim’s book will be for sale for $19.95.
Time: Arrive at 11:45; Jim’s presentation and Q&A will begin at 12:15. Book signing will follow.
Questions: For Questions Contact NCSAF Program Co-Chair:
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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
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