Please Join the National Capitol SAF for our Lunch Presentation
Current Forest Conservation Priorities in The Nature Conservancy and Moving Towards Shared Stewardship with the Forest Service
Dr. Christopher Topik, The Nature Conservancy
Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 12 – 1:00 PM
Roosevelt (2SE02), Yates Bldg., 201 14th Street SW, Washington DC
Chris will present a quick overview of current activities of the Nature Conservancy in the US on forest conservation with a focus on some actions aimed to help protect our lands and waters, to live with fire, and to enhance natural solutions to climate mitigation using forests. There will be commentary on cooperative work our staff does with the US Forest Service around the country, and how it relates to the new USDA emphasis on Shared Stewardship. We will all discuss how stakeholders can help this initiative, and how this initiative can hopefully help forest resilience and community engagement.
Chris is director of The Nature Conservancy’s North America forest conservation program and policy. This includes the “Restoring America’s Forests” project that helps restore forest health and improve ecological management of America’s public forests to sustainably provide water, wildlife, recreation and forest products nationwide.
Previously, Chris was professional staff for the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee for 15 years in the majority, for both parties, where he wrote appropriations law and provided oversight of several federal land management, fire, science, and cultural agencies, including the USDA Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and several others. He also worked for the USDA Forest Service for 16 years, including being the National Plant Ecologist, the National Botany Program Director, and he worked as an area ecologist for 10 years on national forests in Oregon and Washington. His undergraduate degree in marine biology is from the University of California, San Diego, and he earned his PhD in forest ecology from the University of Oregon.
RSVP and Questions: Contact NCSAF Acting Chair: Henry Morris, email@example.com, 202-329-7781
District 7 Representative’s Remarks (Spring 2018)
In February, Allegheny SAF held its winter meeting in Gettysburg, PA. The overall organization of this meeting was perfect! I enjoyed the presentations and meeting ANSAF members.
The successful in providing ANSAF members an opportunity of meeting and learning from each other and discussing successes, opportunities and challenges to forest management. It also provided an opportunity to initiate and strengthen collaboration among members. Furthermore, it provided ANSAF members an opportunity of meeting the president and acting CEO. The members learned about SAF achievements, the president’s vision and Board’s activities. The interaction, through a panel format, between the national SAF leadership and the ANSAF members allowed many of the members’ questions and concerns to be addressed.
The large student attendance was great. The professors should be commended for facilitating their students to attend. The connections the students made will hopefully help them in their careers. In future, strategies need to be developed to encourage students to interact more with seasoned and established members.
Finally, thank you Allegheny SAF for organizing such a successful meeting. I want to take this opportunity to encourage NCSAF members to attend future ANSAF events.
On April 30, 2018, NCSAF luncheon will feature the interim Chief of the Forest Service Vicki Christiansen. She will share her thoughts on US Forest Service’s challenges and opportunities, and SAF-Forest Service partnership. This event will provide a great opportunity for NCSAF members meet and interact with the Interim Chief. I want to encourage Allegheny SAF members to attend this upcoming event and other future NCSAF events.
SAF Board updates
President Lewis’ goals include:
Future of SAF
Leadership Advisory Group
The group will develop recommendations for consideration by the Board.
Other SAF Board updates
Please spread the word about this exciting opportunity. The deadline to apply is May 7, 2018.
For information and details on how to apply, please visit: https://www.eforester.org/Main/Community/Scholarships/Gregory_Award.aspx
Please Join the National Capitol SAF for our Lunch Presentation:
Vicki Christiansen, Interim Chief US Forest Service, presenting
Monday, April 30, 2018 - 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
"There are many national issues that the board is currently addressing, including search for the CEO. I will summarize these in my next communication that will be posted on our National Capital SAF webpage. Please stay tuned."
Gwaze was previously Chair for the NCSAF, Fund raising Chair for NCSAF, and SAF communications committee member. He grew up in Harare, Zimbabwe, and earned a PhD degree in forest genetics from University of Edinburgh, UK. He is currently employed by the Forest Service as the National Silviculturist.
The Kurt Gottschalk Science Fund grant proposals are being accepted. Fund supports projects that conduct and/or support forestry research, conduct and/or support continuing education activities and the transfer of knowledge, and promote collaboration and relationships with other SAF entities and external groups. Proposals are due February 15 and August 15. For details please visit: https://www.eforester.org/Main/Community/Grants/Science_Fund.aspx
The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of your purchase to NCSAF, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
What is the National Capital SAF (NCSAF)?
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.
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